Wine events always heat up in the fall, and this month and next, the roster is full of charity-minded tastings with big hearts and big goals.
Two of the fall favorites have changed their venue: Detroit Uncorked will move to the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, and the Detroit International Wine Auction will be held in the General Motors Design Center, with a VIP reception in the Cadillac Design Studio, in Warren.
Wine & Dine in the D: 5 p.m. Sept. 20 at Orchestra Hall at The Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. This fundraiser benefits the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and begins with physicians’ presentations, followed by a strolling dinner and wine tasting, and after-glow for Patrons. The food will be provided by more than 20 top area restaurants and 10 wineries and wine companies, including a number of Michigan vintners. Tickets are $150; Patron tickets $250 (includes after-glow party) at http://wineanddineinthed.com/tickets/.
CRUSH Birmingham Wine & Food Classic: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Townsend Hotel, Birmingham. The fifth annual fundraiser for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan will feature special guest Bartholomew Broadbent, a noted wine importer, authority on Port and Madeira and son of renowned British wine writer and auctioneer Michael Broadbent. Patron tickets are $350; general admission $250; young adults 21-30, $125. Various packages are available too. Order tickets at http://www.crushmichigan.com/events/and click on the “buy tickets” medallion.
Detroit Uncorked 2012: 6-9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit. Hosted by Detroit Wine Organization and sponsored by Ford, this event raises funds for the Children’s Center, which helps children and families in Detroit and Wayne County. The evening features hundreds of wines from around the world and light hors d’oeuvres. Winery of the Year is Catena from Argentina. There is a silent auction that includes rare wine lots. Ford will offer guests a chance to win a 2013 Mustang in its sweepstakes. General admission, $85; VIP Experience, $150. Business or dressy attire is encouraged and there is complimentary valet parking. Get more details and order tickets at http://www.thechildrenscenter.com/detroit+uncorked.
Grape Expectations for Kids: 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Rattlesnake, Detroit: The evening begins with a VIP Patron Party from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with sparkling wines and a presentation by Master Sommelier Claudia Tyagi. The main event, with premium wines, a strolling dinner and dessert, silent auction and entertainment follows. Hosted by the Guidance Center, the event benefits Kids-TALK Children’s Advocacy Center, located in Midtown, to help children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse, neglect or trauma. Tickets are $150 for VIP Patron Party and wine-tasting/dinner event; $100 for wine-tasting/dinner. For tickets contact the Guidance Center at (734) 785-7705 or order at http://www.guidance-center.org/.
Detroit International Wine Auction: 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the General Motors Design Center, Warren — a new venue for this granddaddy of Detroit wine auctions, in its 31st year. A Vintner’s Private Reception will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. for premium level ticket holders in the Cadillac Design Studio. A silent auction and reception runs from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Design Studio hallway. A gala dinner and live auction starts at 8 p.m. in the GM Design Dome. Featured vintner is Manuel Louzada of Spain’s Bodega Numanthia. The black-tie event benefits the College for Creative Studies. General tickets, including dinner and live auction, $500. Patron tickets including reception, $1,500. Call (313) 664-7464. Go to http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/diwa.