Wine Auction


Since its inception in 1988, Wine Auction has raised over $11 million in support of Lyric Opera of Chicago. Held every three years by the Women’s Board, Wine Auction 2018 netted a record-breaking $2.2 million and was named a “Top Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator.

Under the leadership of the Women’s Board, Wine Auction 2023 will make a profound impact on Lyric’s ability to present grand opera of the highest quality to audiences in Chicago and beyond. This formal affair draws 400 guests from around the country and features a reception, elegant dinner, and live auction. A dazzling array of curated wines, unique dining experiences, and exquisite travel packages will be available for bidding. Wine Auction 2023 is to be announced soon!

The Wine Auction Committee of the Women's Board is pleased to announce the Interlude Series, a selection of special offerings to whet your appetite for the main event in the Lyric Opera House.

Interlude Series

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Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 6:00pm

Celebrate spring with a virtual tasting of the Château d’Esclans Rosé collection. Paul Chevalier, VP North America, Château d’Esclans, Moët Hennessy USA will provide a guided tour of three delicious wines: Whispering Angel, Rock Angel, and Garrus Côtes de Provence. The wines will be paired with an incredible three-course meal from Coco Pazzo delivered to your home. The evening will also feature musical interludes by cellist Julie Sévilla-Fraysse.

This experience includes three bottles of wine and dinner for two people and is $1,000.

Learn more about Château d’Esclans from the video below! 

Autumn 2021

Welcome autumn with an exclusive tasting of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. This special event will be hosted by Enrique Mazzola, Lyric’s Music Director Designate, who serves as the first international brand ambassador of Tuscany’s Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, promoting the culture of Vino Nobile and the surrounding Montepulciano wine region in Italy and abroad.

Reservations for this event will open in early August.


December 2021

After a successful debut in December of 2020, Lyric’s Wine Auction Committee is delighted to once again offer a Holiday Tea and Gingerbread House Package. Fun for the whole family, this distinctive array includes a custom-designed gingerbread house ready to be decorated, a large assortment of candy, as well as tea service.

Reservations for this event will open in October.



Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 6:00pm

Romance is in the air with a delightful champagne tasting. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, be swept off your feet as you are whisked through an eclectic selection of champagne. Pair the champagne with a decadent menu from Coco Pazzo and celebrate the holiday in romantic style.

Reservations for this event will open in December.

Wine Auction 2018

Curious to learn more? Watch the highlight reel and peruse the catalogue from Wine Auction 2018!



View the wine Auction 2018 catalogue


Provocative Provence RSVP & pledge form

Please fill out the form below to RSVP for Provocative Provence on Saturday, May 15 at 6:00pm. Please note that by filling out this you are confirming your participation and pledging $1,000 to be paid by credit card or check.

If you are not in the Chicago area and would like to participate, if you would like to add additional meals to your reservation, or if you have any other questions, please email or call 312.827.5676.

I confirm that by submitting this form, I am reserving my spot for Provocative Provence and pledging $1,000
How would you like to pay your pledge?

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg, Dan Rest, Jaclyn Simpson

*Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.