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2014 Main Line Wine Gala

My family is very fortunate and we view it as our duty to help those who are less fortunate. I am honored to chair the Main Line Wine Gala, and I was particularly interested in this theme of innovation – as this is at the heart of our family business
— Alessia Antinori, 2014 Honorary Chair

Alessia Antinori brought a taste of the oldest family winery in the world to Philadelphia in October as the honorary chair of the Main Line Wine Gala, celebrating the world's most innovative winemakers in an event that benefited two of RHD's many innovations in human services. RHD’s Endow-A-Home and Center for Creative Works were featured at the event. The Center for Creative Works is an art studio for people with intellectual disabilities, and Alessia toured the program before hosting the gala.

She was taken with a painting by CCW artist Jenny Cox, and purchased two of Jenny’s pieces for the Antinori gallery.

“As an art enthusiast and collector, I know the power of art and how it can enrich our lives,” Alessia said. “I really enjoyed visiting the Center for Creative Arts; I would love it if this sort of program could also be done in Italy. I would have spent hours seeing all the art pieces in that studio, and I couldn’t resist buying a few!”

The 2014 Main Line Wine Gala featured “An Evening With Alessia Antinori.” Master Chef Georges Perrier joined the event as consulting chef, and spent time in the kitchen cooking food he’d personally chosen to pair with each Antinori wine.

“It was a great event,” Alessia said. “It was very special for me to taste the Solaia at the VIP reception, and the food pairings of Chef Perrier were unique. The very nice words I heard throughout the evening were much appreciated, and made for a very emotional night for me.”

“It was a great pleasure to meet Alessia and welcome her to the City of Brotherly Love,” Master Chef Perrier said. “I enjoyed not only coming up with pairings for these elegant wines, but also getting back in the kitchen to cook on this wonderful night. I’m happy to be a part of the Main Line Wine Gala, benefiting some great RHD charities, and of course I am glad everyone so enjoyed the food!”

RHD’s Endow-A-Home and Center for Creative Works were the beneficiaries of the Gala.

“As the 26th Generation of a family-owned wine company in Italy, Marchesi Antinori, I feel a tremendous responsibility to help preserve our family’s heritage and to continue to grow the business so that it will continue for many more generations,” Alessia said. “Part of this responsibility, and part of the pleasure in being in this role, is our desire to support the communities and the local charities where we sell our wines.  My family is very fortunate and we view it as our duty to help those who are less fortunate. I am honored to be asked to chair the Main Line Wine Gala, and I was particularly interested in this theme of innovation – as this is at the heart of our family business.”

“As my father, Marchese Piero Antinori, often says, ‘Ancient roots play an important part in our philosophy but they have never held back our spirit of innovation.”  In this changing world, we constantly need to adapt and innovate in the vineyards and in the cellar.  This same commitment to innovation is at work in these two incredibly innovative programs at RHD.”