What do you do with a wine bottle that has five carats of rubies set into it? Do you keep it on display, or break it down and take the rubies out for another purpose? This is the decision the buyer of an extremely rare lot of wine going up for sale at the August 8 V Foundation Wine Celebration Momentum 2.0 auction will have to make. Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry teamed with award-winning Napa Valley winery, Gemstone Vineyard, to co-design an oversized bottle for the vintner’s 2019 Ruby Barrel Selection of Cabernet Sauvignon that will be auctioned. The bottle is meticulously set with 120 rubies totaling more than 5 carats.
The Jeroboam bottle that holds three liters of incredible Ruby Cabernet from Gemstone Vineyard is estimated to be worth $50,000 all by itself. Each of the 120 rubies is individually hand-set by the master gem setters at Stephen Silver Jewelry. Each ruby was hand selected by Jared Silver, President of Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, with close attention paid to color and quality. Each is set within the engravings on the bottle. The bottle is being presented in a hand-crafted custom jewelry box.
The buyer of the lot has the option of keeping the bottle forever on display (even after consuming the wine), or, after drinking the exquisite cabernet crafted by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, returning the bottle to Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry to have the rubies removed and designed into a custom jewelry item. This is the first time that the 2019 Ruby Barrel Selection has been offered in a large-format bottle.
The lot also features a dinner with Jared Silver and the Amy Marks Dornbusch of Gemstone Wines, where they can enjoy Gemstone wines, and a meal prepared by a special chef (airfare/transportation not included).
Other lots up for sale at the auction include a “Line, Vine & Dine 2021” experience thanks to the Emeril Legasse Foundation, wherein the buyer of the lot joins Chef Emeril and Alden Lagasse at the fifth annual charity world-class fishing tournament, a five-night stay at a truly luxurious resort in either Costa Rica, Cabo or Real del Mar, offered by Exclusive Resorts and Cakebread Cellars, and more.
The V Foundation Wine Celebration Momentum 2.0 auction takes place virtually on August 8 on YouTube from 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. It is hosted by NCAA Basketball coaching legend, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, ESPN’s SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, and award-winning auctioneer John Curley. There will be special musical guests making appearances, as well, including Andy Grammer and Michael Franti. Proceeds from the auction benefit cancer research and help raise awareness locally in the Bay Area and Napa Valley.