Heart’s Delight Collectors Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak

CBS News White House correspondent and wine connoisseur Bill Plante with his friend Janet Trefethen of Trefethen Vineyards. Photograph by Ben Droz.

Wine collector Dennis Yee pours from a double magnum of 2003 Maison Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree. Photograph by Ben Droz.

Just a few of the wines uncorked at the Heart’s Delight Collectors Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak. Photograph by Ben Droz.

John Garr and Harry’s Tap Room owner Michael Sternberg toast with a glass of Garr’s 1996 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou. Photograph by Ben Droz.

John Garr drinks up. Photograph by Ben Droz.

Scenes like this played out throughout the four hours of the Heart’s Delight Collectors Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak, which featured a menu of soft-shell crabs and grilled steak to accompany literally a few dozen world-class wines. Photograph by Ben Droz.

Heidi Arnold, who organized the Heart’s Delight Collectors Dinner as well as three more days of wine dinners and auctions on behalf of the American Heart Association. Photograph by Ben Droz.

Cameron Fisher of Fisher Vineyards pours her 2005 Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, so named because her parents were married at the vineyard. Photograph by Ben Droz.

What one table at the wine dinner looked like at about 10 PM. Photograph by Ben Droz.

The first course at the wine dinner: crispy North Carolina soft-shell crab with ramps and green tomatoes. Photograph by Ben Droz.

The second course was braised-short-rib agnolotti with celery root and morel. Photograph by Ben Droz.

J. France Posener of Opus One talks with the server who decanted her magnum of the ’05 vintage. Photograph by Ben Droz.

The third course in the five-course meal was grilled sirloin of Roseda Farm beef with fava beans and braised peanut potatoes. The fourth course was a cheese plate, and the fifth course was strawberry-rhubarb tart with buttermilk panna cotta. Photograph by Ben Droz.

With the dessert course, the pouring of a well-aged Sauternes. The evening finished with one of the world’s great Sauternes, Chateau D’Yquem. Photograph by Ben Droz.

Scott Greenberg with a photo from a Heart’s Delight dinner in 1999. Photograph by Ben Droz.

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