Save the Date for Wine Auction

Saturday, May 8, 2021

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 13 Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator.

Under the leadership of the Women’s Board, Wine Auction 2021 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 in the historic Lyric Opera House, dinner onstage, and a live auction featuring lots that money cannot buy. A dazzling array of curated wines, unique dining experiences, and exquisite travel packages will be available for bidding.


Helming the Wine Auction 2021 efforts are our dedicated Women’s Board members: Erica L. Sandner, Chair, and Suzanne W. Mulshine and Eileen Murphy, Vice Chairs. With a devotion to Lyric and a passion for wine, they are thrilled to celebrate and support the arts in the grandest charity auction in Chicago.

Erica L. Sandner

Suzanne W. Mulshine
Vice Chair

Eileen Murphy
Vice Chair

Honored Guest

We are thrilled to introduce our Honored Guest for Wine Auction 2021: Maison Joseph Drouhin. A renowned estate based in Burgundy, The Drouhin Family has been on the forefront of innovation since their inception in 1880. We could not be more thrilled to honor them as we look to the future of Lyric’s Wine Auction.

In addition to their base of operations in Burgundy, The Drouhin Family also operates Domaine Drouhin and Roserock in the Willamette Oregon wine country, making them a truly international name in fine wine. With nearly 90 award-winning appellations and a deep history in Burgundy and abroad, they will be a tremendous partner to Lyric in 2021.

Past Honored Guests include:
  • Château Margaux (2018)
  • Château Gruaud Larose (2015)
  • Dom Pérignon (2012)
  • Maison Louis Jadot (2009)
  • Château Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion (2006)
  • Marchesi Antinori S.r.l (2003)
  • Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande France (2000)
  • Long Vineyards California (2000)
  • Catine Lungarotti (2000)
  • Santa Margherita S.p.A. (1997)
  • Château Lynch-Bages (1994)
  • House of Champagne Louis Roederer (1992)
  • Château de Fargues (previously Château d'Yquem) (1990)
  • Robert Mondavi Winery (1988)

Featured Vintners

Our Featured Vintners have made a tremendous commitment to Lyric and Wine Auction 2021, donating wine, experiences, and their time to make this event a success. We look forward to sharing more about each of these generous organizations as this list continues to grow.

Our Faithful Auctioneers

We are thrilled to be joined once again by our faithful lead auctioneer, Michael Davis, as well as auctioneer Ben Ferdinand, both of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. As a staple of our Wine Auction festivities, Michael and Ben have our gratitude as they lend their expertise in this endeavor.

Michael Davis

Ben Ferdinand

Wine Auction Donors

The following organizations and individuals have generously donated wine, travel, experiences, and more in support of Lyric and Wine Auction 2021. We can't wait to share more about their donations soon!

Wine Auction 2018

Curious to learn more? Watch the highlight reel and peruse the catalogue from Wine Auction 2018 to get excited for 2021!

Contact Us

For more information about donations or ticket inquiries, please contact the Women’s Board office at 312.827.5682 or

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



Lead Sponsor

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg, Dan Rest, Jaclyn Simpson