Auctions

Generous wineries and companies are providing experiential opportunities or very special bottles of wine in both our live auctions and fun raffles.

Auction lots and raffle items are subject to change.

Auction lots

Celebrity CruisesProtravel

Enjoy a Cruise for Two (2) on Europe's Premium Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruises and Protravel are offering an incredible 11-night cruise in the Western Mediterranean. You depart from Rome, continue to Florence, spend a night in Barcelona, and then stop at Málaga, Gibraltar, and Ibiza, before returning to Rome.

As a guest of Celebrity Cruises and Protravel, you will receive a Concierge Class service, wonderful beverage package, on-board credits, and other on-board specials.

Restrictions: The Celebrity Reflection sails on October 9, 2017, departing from Rome.

Woodinville, Washington

Experience Harvest in the Great Northwest

Have you ever wanted to experience what goes into producing great wines? Avennia’s managing partner, Marty Taucher, invites you to experience the crush, harvest, and barrel tasting with some of the top winemakers in Washington. Avennia is nestled in the beautiful Sammamish River Valley just 40 minutes northeast of Seattle. Woodinville wine country is home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms representing every appellation in Washington. Avennia has created this exclusive and very special vacation for two (2):

  • Two (2) nights at the magnificent Willow Lodge Resort in the heart of Woodinville wine country
  • Wine-paired dinner at the celebrated Barking Frog restaurant with Avennia’s managing partner, Marty Taucher
  • Breakfast or lunch at the Commons Cafe
  • Behind-the-scenes crush participation and private barrel tasting at Avennia, Betz, and Delille hosted by Marty Taucher 
  • Engraved 3-liter bottle of Avennia's award-winning 2014 Arnaut Syrah
  • One-year complimentary membership in the Avennia Le Petit wine program.
  • Two (2) round-trip flights on American Airlines

Note: peak harvest time is mid-September through late October

Expiration: December 31, 2017
Restrictions: mutually agreed-upon date; not available September 14-21, 2017

Paso Robles, California

Two-Night Stay in the "Shabby Chic" Cass Guest House for Four (4)

Cass Vineyard and Winery is located in the rolling, oak-studded hills between Paso Robles and Creston on California's beautiful Central Coast. This area that the vineyard calls home offers quiet serenity for the visitor and an ideal growing environment for wine grapes.

You and three guests are invited to enjoy the stunning view of the vineyard as you relax at the Cass Guest House.  

  • Two-night stay at the Cass Guest House for four (4) people
  • 160,000 American Airlines miles

Expiration: April 8, 2018
Restriction: Contact for availability and mutually agreed-upon dates

5-liter Bottle of 2014 El Dorado Zinfandel

Enjoy this fantastic, fruity wine that Wine Enthusiast gave a 91-point rating and named an “Editor’s Choice” selection.

Expiration: none

Restrictions: none

Heavyweight California Wine Dinner for Six (6) at the Woodworths'

Join hosts Robin and Steve Woodworth—culinary enthusiasts, wine collectors, and longtime First Press supporters—at their welcoming North Scottsdale home for a Heavyweight California Wine Dinner for six (6) people. Robin and Steve are dedicated foodies and first-class entertainers from Santa Barbara, California, who recently made Arizona their permanent home. Prior to moving they were very involved in a variety of food and wine activities, initiatives, and enterprises in California.

The Woodworths’ open and expansive home is an entertainer’s delight. Share an intimate evening savoring gourmet fare from Robin’s kitchen and sipping library and hard-to-find California wines from Steve’s extensive collection. You will enjoy desert mountain views in a natural habitat and a relaxing patio setting for both pre- and post-dinner conversation. This is definitely a comfortable venue to partake of food, wine, and friends!

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a multi-course meal specifically designed by Robin and with consideration of any food restrictions. The wines will be from California’s best-known producers and will be selectively paired with the food servings. Labels you might expect to see at the dinner, which will vary based on the actual menu, include the likes of Aubert, Peter Michael, Kosta Browne, Dumol, Paul Hobbs, Sbragia, Arrowood, and Seasmoke. This is a wine and food experience you will not want to miss!

Expiration: May 1, 2018

Restrictions: dinner can be arranged directly with Robin or Steve Woodworth on a mutually agreed-upon date

Three-Course Paired Dinner for Six (6)

The Gladly is the follow-up concept by the owners of critically-acclaimed Citizen Public House, and was named one of the “Best New Restaurants of 2014” by Phoenix Magazine. The Gladly showcases Chef Bernie Kantak’s New American take on comfort cuisine. The stylish bar houses more than 240 whiskeys, offers craft cocktails, and has unique ice balls available for an even more extraordinary drinking experience. The Gladly showcases a contemporary-urban style with floor-to-ceiling windows and an energetic dining room.

Expiration: February 1, 2018

Restrictions: must make reservation one week in advance & mention certificate

Luxury & Beauty with Bernardus

The focus of Bernardus Winery is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination. Their Marinus Estate Bordeaux-style red wine is the centerpiece of owner Ben Pon’s dream. It is complemented by Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc from cool coastal climate vineyards.

Charming, intimate, and comfortable describe the Bernardus Lodge and Spa. The serene character of Bernardus Lodge echoes an authentic Wine Country retreat. The Carmel resort nurtures a relaxing escape from the bustle of life—to calm and revitalize all of the senses, providing the finest resort experience of all Carmel Valley hotels.

  • Two-night stay for two (2) at the Bernardus Lodge & Spa
  • Breakfast for two (2) at Lucia Restaurant & Bar
  • Dinner for two (2) at Lucia Restaurant & Bar
  • 50-minute couple’s massage at The Spa at Bernardus 
  • Bernardus Winery VIP tour & tasting paired with charcuterie, cheese, & chocolate
  • 3-liter bottle of Bernardus Mariums Carmel Valley
  • 3-liter bottle of Bernardus Chardonnay Monterey Country
  • Two (2) round-trip flights on American Airlines

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: mutually agreed-upon date; some blackout dates may apply

Cooking Class & Dinner for Twelve (12) with Barbara Pool Fenzl of Les Gourmettes

Barbara Pool Fenzl is a major figure on the American culinary stage and owner of the Les Gourmettes Cooking School. She is an exquisite chef and has authored many Southwest-style cookbooks. Barbara also teaches at other schools around the U.S. and Mexico, and taught for ten years in the Périgord region of southwestern France.

Barbara will host twelve (12) guests at a cooking class followed by a wine-paired dinner in the Fenzl’s formal dining room in their historic house.

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: mutually agreed-upon date

Seven-Day Trip to Cortona, Italy, for Two (2)

Experience the captivating and romantic Tuscan city of Cortona, Italy, in one of four homes to choose from on this fabulous vacation. You will receive white-glove concierge service from Sojourn Ventures to help you plan your stay in Cortona with suggestion for restaurants, museum tours, and transportation.

You will also participate in a tour and tasting at a Cortona winery at a beautiful 19th century villa with a traditional Italian garden. Witness wine production and taste three excellent wines with the winery manager. Transportation is provided to the winery. Expect a memorable experience!

  • Seven-day stay (Saturday to Saturday) at one of four (4) homes in Cortona
  • No blackout dates (space available)
  • Special Cortona winery tour & tasting for two (2)

Expiration: April 8, 2019

Restrictions: booked on space availability; does not include travel arrangements

Orange Torpedo Trip for Two (2)

Orange Torpedo Trips has been providing whitewater rafting adventures on the Rogue River, Salmon River, Klamath River, and North Umpqua River for over four decades. Founded in 1969, OTT has been taking people down these exciting Oregon, Idaho, and California rivers ever since.

The Lower Salmon River in Idaho is OTT’s premier family camping trip. With warm water, great weather, and perfect whitewater for both adults and kids, the Lower Salmon River is simply good.

  • Certificate for two (2) adults on a four (4) day trip down the Lower Salmon River
  • Two (2) round-trip flights on American Airlines

Expiration: December 31, 2017

Restrictions: prior reservation required; subject to standard reservation requirements and taxes

Tour, Tasting, and Stay in Carmel, California, for Two (2)

Folktale Winery & Vineyards was inspired by the idea that in every great bottle of wine, there is a story. It is filled with uniqueness of place, a year of sun and rain, and the art and craft of winemaking. The story is about our people, our guests, and our passion. This is a love story, and the best love stories never end.

  • One case (12 bottles) of Folktale Pinot Noir
  • Tour, tasting, and lunch for two (2)
  • $800 gift certificate to the Lamp Lighter Inn & Sunset Suites in Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Two (2) round-trip flights on American Airlines

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: mutually agreed-upon date; some blackout dates may apply

Two-Night Stay for Four (4) at the Benovia Vineyard Hideaway Cottage

What makes Benovia different is not that they make wine—or even that they make really exceptional wine—but that they are a family of people who eat, drink, and breathe a passion for making something special. It is a journey that they expect to take for a lifetime.

You can enjoy Benovia’s wines and beautiful breathtaking views overlooking the Russian River Valley vineyard as a special guest at the Benovia Winery Cottage.

  • Two-night stay for four (4) adults at the Winery Guest Cottage
  • VIP tasting for four (4) adults at the Winery Hospitality Center
  • Magnum of Benovia Wine
  • 160,000 American Airlines miles

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: mutually agreed-upon date; guests must be 21 and older

Seven (7) Bottles of Fine Wine from California & Chile 

This is your opportunity to secure seven (7) highly-rated bottles of wine from Napa Valley, California, and Chile.

  • Guarachi Family Wines
    • Two (2) bottles of 2013 Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir -- 94 Pt. Wine Enthusiast
    • Two (2) bottles of 2012 Gap's Crown Pinot Noir -- 92 Pt. Wine Spectator
  • Montes Premium Wines
    • One (1) bottle of 2012 Purple Angel -- 92 Pt. Wine Enthusiast
    • One (1) bottle of 2012 Folly -- 93 Pt. Wine Enthusiast
    • One (1) bottle of 2011 Alpha M -- 93 Pt. Wine Spectator

Expiration: none

Restrictions: none

Culinary Mischief: A Dining Experience for Ten (10) with Chef Gabriele Bertaccini

“Pristine ingredients, simple execution, and great passion: this is my philosophy and way of continuing the traditions of my beautiful country, Italy.”

Join chef Gabriele Bertaccini as he invites ten (10) guests to a five-course, wine-paired, private dinner at The Chef’s Den.

Expiration: December 30, 2017

Restrictions: call to coordinate a date for dinner; some blackout dates exist

Special Napa Lovers Package

This is a wine lover’s dream package with two (2) VIP tours, a three (3) night stay, and three (3) highly-rated bottles of wine.

  • VIP tour and tasting for two (2) at Merryvale Vineyard
  • VIP tour and tasting for two (2) at Starmont Winery and Vineyard
  • Three-night stay in the beautiful Southbridge Napa Valley, a gem among downtown St. Helena hotels, in the heart of this charming 
  • historic town
  • 1.5-liter bottle of 2012 Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon – 90 points from Wine Enthusiast
  • Bottle of 2012 Merryvale Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – 92 points from Wine Enthusiast
  • Bottle of 2014 Merryvale Chardonnay, Carneros – 90 points from 
  • Wine & Spirits
  • Two (2) round-trip flights on American Airlines

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: space available, some blackout dates

Four-Night Vacation to One of 19 Destinations for Two (2)

KJZZ wants to know: where do you want to go on vacation?

The KJZZ Travel Club has collaborated with Gateway2Give to offer a vacation to one of 19 exciting locations. Each destination offers a four-night stay and the flexibility of up to 18 months to book your travel.

Belize Ocean Club · The Palm in Costa Rica · Playa del Carmen, Mexico · Private Island in Belize · La Jolla, California · Los Cabos, Mexico · Puerto Vallarta, Mexico · Sint Maarten · Watersound, Florida · Chicago · London · Miami · Manhattan West, New York City · San Francisco · New Orleans, Louisiana · Sonoma County, California · Aspen, Colorado · Beaver Creek, Colorado · Deer Valley, Utah

  • Must book within 30 days of desired trip
  • Weekly email on travel destinations
  • 18 months to select destination
  • Zero restrictive dates

Expiration: September 2018

Restrictions: airfare not included

Two Nights at the Del for Two (2) + Limited Edition Champagne

Hotel del Coronado is a historic beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities through the years.

  • Two-night stay for two (2)
  • Breakfast for two (2)
  • Limited Edition Jeroboam Champagne Tribaut Brut Origine in a wooden box.

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: some blackout dates exist

Raffle items

Renown for Sangiovese 

Vino Noceto is where Italian inspiration collides with California sunshine to produce world class Sangiovese. Join us at our winery in beautiful Amador County, California, and come share our passion for wine.

  • Private VIP tour and tasting for up to eight (8) guests
  • Signed library magnum of Noceto Sangiovese

Expiration: June 30, 2018

Restrictions: call to confirm tasting date

Date Night in a Basket

The Godfather Trilogy has never been better thanks to this very special gift basket provided by Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

  • The Godfather Trilogy DVD with special feature disk
  • Pasta, sauce, dipping oil, crushed peppers, and hot sauce
  • Two (2) Go Vino glasses
  • Bottle of Coppola wine and a wine opener
  • Coppola apron
  • Special insulated picnic basket

Restriction: None
Expiration Date: None

Calistoga, California

Napa Valley Favorite Tasting for Six (6)

Housed in the historic Larkmead winery in Napa Valley, Frank Family Vineyards produces wines that live up to the heritage of the land on which they are produced.

  • Complimentary private tasting for six (6) guests
  • Featuring a selection of Frank Family Reserve and Vineyard designate wines

Restrictions: Call to confirm date of tasting
Expiration: April 30, 2018

Diamondbacks Suite

Enjoy a Diamondbacks game with 12 seats in the exclusive APS Diamondbacks suite at Chase Field.

  • Suite tickets for twelve (12) people
  • Parking passes for three (3) cars

Restrictions: does not include opening weekend and selected games; mutually agreed-upon date; does not include food or beverage

Tour & Tasting at Winery of the Year

Derby wines taste like where they come from, expressing in every sip the trifecta of sun, soil, and sea that is Paso Robles. National Wine Review named Derby Wine Estates the 2015 Winery of the Year.

  • VIP tour & tasting for six (6) guests with tasting in the Almond Room (our wine club member’s lounge)
  • Commemorative Derby Wine Estates glass to take home
  • 3-liter bottle of Derby Wine

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: reservations must be made two weeks in advance

Winemaker-Hosted VIP Package for Four (4)

Spanish missionaries first planted grapevines in Monterey County as early as the 1790s. Yet nearly 200 years passed before grape-growing became a serious endeavor here. The Hahns were one of the pioneering families of that new era.

Today, the second generation of the family carefully oversees four estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and two estate vineyards in Arroyo Seco. From these magnificent properties and other vineyards, they have created three collections of wines: Hahn, Hahn SLH, and Lucienne labels.

  • VIP tour and tasting for four (4)
  • Winemaker-hosted four-course lunch paired with Hahn Family wines

Expiration: April 1, 2018

Restrictions: must provide one month's notice; some blackout dates exist

Two (2) Tickets to the Pomegranate & Paella Harvest Festival

Tres Sabores invites you to their ranch for one of the most delightful and original events of the growing season. You begin with pomegranate margaritas and go from there! Taste the new fall releases from the estate, enjoy incredible paella from ZuZu and gourmet gems from the kitchen, live music, interactive arts, and more. 

Come Celebrate With Us!

Tres Sabores is a small, family-owned ranch located on the western Rutherford Benchland of California’s Napa Valley, where they grow organically-certified Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Syrah, and Petit Verdot grapes, olives, Meyer lemons, and exotic pomegranate cultivars.

Restrictions: this date is set and tickets are very limited; please call in advance to confirm your complimentary reservations for October 28, 2017

Aridus Wine Basket

  • Two (2) bottles of wine
  • Two (2) wine glasses
  • Corkscrew
  • Complimentary tasting card to the Aridus Wine Company Tasting Room in Old Town Scottsdale

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: none

Wine & Food Delight

We have bundled a few things into this raffle item to bring you some wine and food enjoyment!

  • Wine tasting for two (2) at one of the First Press Prelude wine-tasting events held during the year. Last year's Preludes were completely sold out.
  • Chacewater Winery has donated a $75 gift certificate to Gwin Wine & Beer in Scottsdale.
  • $25 gift certificate to Sauce Pizza & Wine
  • $50 gift certificate to My Wine Cellar
  • $25 gift certificate to Fox Restaurant Concepts

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: choice of one First Press Prelude

Indoor Skydiving for Two (2)

With iFLY, people of all ages and abilities can experience the sensation of skydiving in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment – without having to jump out of an airplane. iFly replicates the sensation of freefall, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air.

  • Spread Your Wings flight voucher for two (2)
  • Two (2) video clips from your flight session

Expiration: April 1, 2018

Restrictions: none

LDV Winery Wine & Little Bites for Six (6)

Join winemakers and owners Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca for a special evening of great wine.

  • LDV will host six (6) guests at their Wine Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale
  • Includes special food and wine pairings

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: must coordinate schedule with owners

Case of Custard Chardonnay

“These grapes make a wine that reminds me of one of my favorite childhood indulgences: Sunday morning glazed doughnuts with creamy custard filling...’comfort food’ before I even knew what that was. The first time I stuck my nose into a glass of this Chardonnay, it brought me back to that moment—and the idea for comfort wine was born.”

— Don August Sebastiani, Jr.

Expiration: none

Restrictions: none

Complimentary Flight of Wine for Four (4)

Growing up in New Zealand, Sam Pillsbury witnessed the phenomenon of growing classic wine grapes in unusual places. On a camping trip in Arizona he thought he could try the same thing here. In 2000, he planted 20 acres of grape vines and is now an award-winning winemaker, producing some of the finest wines in Arizona.

This raffle includes a complimentary flight of wine at either of the Pillsbury Tasting Rooms in Willcox and Cottonwood, Arizona.

Expiration: April 8, 2018

Restrictions: confirm tasting in advance