PAFA's Bacchanal! 2010 to Celebrate Pinot Noir

12th Annual Wine Gala and Auction Supports Student Scholarships

Oct 01, 2010, 13:54 ET from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For the twelfth consecutive year, on November 13, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host the Bacchanal! Wine Gala and Auction, featuring internationally distinguished winemakers and celebrity chefs. Bacchanal! 2010, Pinot on the Palette, will celebrate the best of Pinot Noir from around the world.

Since its inception in 1999, Bacchanal! has garnered a national reputation as a premier wine and auction event in the Philadelphia region and has raised $3 million to help fund PAFA's student scholarships and education programs.

Bacchanal! 2010 will include wine tastings, silent  and live auctions of unique items and travel destinations, a gourmet dinner with  celebrity chef Daniel Le Guenan,  Executive Chef at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Rendezvous Bay, Anguilla. During Bacchanal! 2010, PAFA's prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award will be conveyed to honor four leading Pinot Noir producers from around the world: Michael Dhillon, Winemaker and Proprietor of Bindi Wines, Australia; Grace and Ken Evenstad, Proprietors of Domaine Serene Winery, Oregon; Jacques Lardiere, Winemaker & Technical Director for Maison Louis Jadot, France; and Larry Maguire, Proprietor of EnRoute Winery, Russian River Valley, California.

Throughout the week preceding Bacchanal! a series of exclusive gourmet winemaker dinners will take place in private homes, each pairing a distinguished Pinot Noir winemaker with a local celebrity chef. In addition, plans are underway for Bacchanal! 2010 to be preceded by a Pinot Noir symposium and wine tasting event.

PAFA is authorized to host Bacchanal! by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and is generously supported by The Haverford Trust Company, this year's presenting sponsor. Bacchanal! is co-chaired by Timothy P. Speiss and June Marshall Smith.

For more information, please call 215-972-2037 or visit

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum. PAFA is located at 128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA.

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SOURCE The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts