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Wine X III: A Weekend Celebration of Wine

For Release: May 2008

Akron, Ohio, May 12, 2008 -Now in its 13th year, The Akron Art Museum is expanding its successful Akron Wine Auction to a three day format on the weekend of June 13-15, 2008, with Lexus as Presenting Sponsor.

Co-chaired by Jon Fiume and Elizabeth Sheeler, WINE X III: A Weekend Celebration of Wine continues the tradition of the museum's wine auction, which has raised over $1.6 million dollars over twelve years, and bookends it with two new wine events.

Each of the three events features a guest winemaker, allowing wine lovers and supporters of the museum to enjoy three different wine experiences wrapped into one outstanding weekend. Guests may choose to attend one, two or all three events, with tickets priced per event. Weekend ticket packages are also available.

Wine Tasting - Friday, June 13
Kicking off the weekend is a wine tasting from 5:30 - 9 p.m. in the new, scenic Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby of the Akron Art Museum. Attendees will experience a dynamic atmosphere with entertainment provided by 91.3 FM The Summit and light appetizers, while tasting a variety of wines from around the world. As a special treat, winemaker and actor Gary Conway of Carmody McKnight Estate Vineyards will be on hand to highlight the vineyard's wines and to meet and greet guests. This event is geared toward those new to wine or interested in a different Friday evening social venue as well as the wine lover. Ticket prices begin at $50 per guest. To learn more about Gary Conway and Carmody McKnight Estate Wines visit

Akron Wine Auction - Saturday, June 14
On Saturday evening, the Akron Wine Auction begins at 6:30 pm at Portage Country Club. Featured wine representative is Sean Garvey from Flora Springs Winery. Located in St. Helena, California, Flora Springs is best known for its exceptional Trilogy and Soliloquy wines. Dinner wines from additional Flora Springs vintages will be featured with pre-dinner wine selections served to complement. Guests will enjoy a silent auction during the early hours of the evening, followed by dinner and a live auction, presided by renowned wine auctioneer Michael Davis of Hart Davis Hart Wines in Chicago. Both auctions feature the best in wines and wine-related offerings, from trips and one-of-a-kind experiences to highly collectable wines. Ticket prices begin at $225 per guest. Visit to learn more about Flora Springs Winery.

Champagne Brunch - Sunday, June 15
On Sunday, guests will enjoy an elegant champagne brunch. Schramsberg Vineyards is the featured winery and will be showcasing fine sparkling wines from Calistoga, California. Guests will be entertained with live chamber music while enjoying champagne in a beautiful Akron-area home. Ticket prices begin at $125 per guest. For more information about Schramsberg Vineyards visit

To purchase tickets, contact the museum's development office at 330.376.9186, ext 211. Visit the museum's website at for more details.

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