Gala & Auction

Triangle Wine Experience’s signature event is our Grand Gala & Auction on February 1, 2020. This year, we anticipate over 65 wineries, and over 15 “Top Chefs” during our Grand Gala. There will also be over 400 silent and live auction lots for you to bid on.


Former Sears at Cary Towne Center

1105 Walnut St

Cary , NC 27511


Doors open at 5:00PM. Guests will register and get their table assignment, auction catalog and a paddle number.

Doors open at 5:00pm

Valet Parking Provided

Late night fare served throughout the evening.


Doors Open: 5:00PM

Chef & Wine Stations: 5:00 – 7:00PM

Silent & All-Star Auctions Open: 5:00PM

Transition to Auction Room: 7:00PM

Live Auction Begins: 7:30PM

Participating Wineries

From 5-7:00PM you will have a chance to sample wines from over 65 world class wineries who have come to support the Frankie Lemmon School.   Every drop of wine at our event is donated by these wineries – THANK YOU!  



Crocker & Starr Wines

Dakota Shy


Fantesca  Estate & Winery

Fisher Vineyards

Husic Vineyards

Italics Winegrowers

K Laz Wine Collection

Lail Vineyards

Lede Family Vineyards

Maroon Wines

Metaphora Wines

Modus Operandi Cellars

Morlet Family Vineyards


Paradigm Winery

Perliss Estate Vineyards


Ramey Wine Cellars



Reynolds Family Winery


Robert Sinskey

Silver Oak

Two Old Dogs


Bedrock Wine Co.

Benevolent Neglect

Bricoleur Vineyards

Crescere Wines

Cruse Wine Co

Davis Family Vineyards

Donum Estate

DuMOL Winery

Gundlach Bundschu

Hirsch Vineyards

Keller Estate


Justin Vineyards & Winery

Landmark Vineyards

Lando Wines

Lombardi Wines

PAX Wines

Peay Vineyards

Sangiacomo Family Vineyards

Senses Wines

Skipstone Wines

Stonestreet Estate Vineyards


Au Bon Climat

Denner Vineyards

Jack Winery

Law Estates




Barboursville Vineyards



Evening Land

Harper Voit



Quilceda Creek



Bodega Catena Zapata

Broadbent Selections

Casa Lapostolle

Castello Banfi

Champagne Frerejean Freres

Louis Latour


Queen of Wines




Weingut Selbach-Oster

Weingut Spreitzer

Weingut von Winning

Wine and Soul


Chef  Stations

From 5-7pm you will also be able to enjoy food from over 20 of the Triangle’s best chefs who will be offering their signature small dishes.   Again, all the food served at our event is donated by the restaurants and featured suppliers.  

Featured National Chef:

 Sarah Grueneberg / Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio – Chicago, IL


NC Chefs:

 Ashley Christensen / Poole’side Pies – Raleigh, NC 

 Vivian Howard / Chef & the Farmer – Kinston, NC

 Andrea Reusing / Lantern – Chapel Hill, NC

 Lon Bounsanga / Bida Manda – Raleigh, NC

 Michael Lee / M – Durham, NC

 Josh Decarolis / Mother & Sons Trattoria – Durham, NC

Beth Littlejohn / Player’s Retreat – Raleigh, NC

 Sam Jones / Sam Jones BBQ – Wintergreen, NC

 Ricky Moore / Saltbox Seafood Joint – Durham, NC

 Chris Lopez / Postmaster – Cary, NC

 Billy + Kelli Cotter / Dashi – Durham, NC

Cheese, Charcuterie, and Accoutrement 

 Sasha Shreders / Cheney Brothers – Goldsboro, NC



 Sam Kirkpatrick + Josh Bellamy / Boulted Bread – Raleigh, NC

 Andrew Ullom / Union Special – Raleigh, NC

 Rob Monica / Chicken Bridge Bakery – Pittsboro, NC


Raw Bar:

 Eric Montagne / Locals Oyster Bar – Raleigh, NC

 Matthew Kelly / St. James – Durham, NC

 Sunny Gerhart/ St. Roch – Raleigh, NC

 Oscar Diaz / Cortez – Raleigh, NC


Dessert Bar:

 Helen Pfann / Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Café – Raleigh, NC

 Sarah Nowell / Herons at The Umstead Hotel & Spa – Cary, NC

 Caroline Morrison (vegan option) / Fiction Kitchen – Raleigh, NC

 Britny Stephenson / AC Restaurants Raleigh, NC

The Main Event

From 7-10:00PM, guests will move to our Live Auction ballroom and find their respective tables.   Our auctioneers will guide the guests through our exciting live auction and paddle raise. The Live Auction begins at 7:30PM.

During this period, guests can sample treats from a goodie box on the center of the table provided by some of the area’s best restaurants and caterers. Guests will also enjoy late night fare.

While wine will be provided for each table, some guests bring their own special bottles to share.


From 10pm-11pm, let loose and join in the dance floor let by our incomparable DJ, Ryan Pflum.

Reserve Your Gala Tickets