Taste of the Earth

April 8, 2010
6:00PM - 9:30PM

University Settlement's Sixth Annual
Fine Wine Dinner & Auction

Taste of the Earth: Treasured Wines from Prestigious Places
James K. Finkel, Event Chair
Thursday, April 8, 2010
6:00 - 9:30PM 

Christie's Rockefeller Center
New York City
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On April 8, 2010, University Settlement hosted Taste of the Earth: Treasured Wines from Prestigious Places, its Sixth Annual Fine Wine Dinner  &  Auction at Christie's New York. Celebrity wine consultant Michael Green, along with top New York City sommeliers, led guests through a tasting of extraordinary wines from world-renowned vineyards and regions. A vigorous auction of fine vintages and other special wine-related lots led by John Kapon of Acker Merrall  &  Condit capped the evening. This exclusive dinner was limited to 130 guests.

Tables of 10: $25,000; single tickets $3,000.

All proceeds went to benefit University Settlement's diverse and innovative programming for New Yorkers of all ages.

master of ceremonies

Michael Green (formerly of Gourmet magazine) is a well-known media personality who appears frequently on the Food Network, CNN, CBS Marketwatch, and Fox News. He has been featured in such print publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report and House Beautiful.

A board member of the American Institute of Wine and Food, Green often shares his vast knowledge of wines at cooking schools around the country including the Culinary Institute of America and the Institute of Culinary Education.


John Kapon is a third-generation wine merchant and President and Auction Director of Acker Merrall  &  Condit, America's oldest wine shop. In the past ten years, he has created one of the most dynamic wine companies in the world, taking a retail operation to the top of the auction world.

Over the past decade, Acker Merrall  &  Condit has grown 1,800% and is now considered one of the leading fine wine operations in the world. In addition, Kapon is an avid writer himself, describing the numerous fine and rare wines to which he is exposed on a yearly basis in his blog, Vintage Tastings.

event chair

Jim Finkel is the co-founder and CEO of Dynamic Credit Partners, LLC, an investment management firm specializing in structured credit. He has served on the Board of University Settlement since 2004.  Finkel's love of wine began in 1981 when he apprenticed at the Parisian Left Bank wine shop of Jean-Baptiste Besse.  He has been a wine a collector for over 25 years, has mounted many private tastings, serves on the Wine Committee at the University Club, is a Commandeur de Bordeaux and Costes du Rhone and is a Chevalier du Tastevin.  Jim recently translated A Tribute to the Great Wines of Burgundy, and has a special interest in ancient wine and wine history.


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