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Sunday, September 29, 2024

The theme 'From Soil to Sip' celebrates the journey of wine from the earth to the bottle. Each bottle of wine has a unique story to tell, from the terroir where the grapes are grown to the winemaking techniques used to produce the final product. Join us for our wine auction and experience the beauty of wine and the art of winemaking.

You can expect an evening of exquisite wine tastings, a wine-paired gourmet dinner, and an exciting live auction of unique experiences and exclusive wine lots all guests have come to know at Soirée du Vin.

Fremont Hills Country Club, Los Altos Hills

Event Schedule
5:00 PM Welcome
  Hors d’oeuvres & Wine Tasting
6:30 PM Wine-Paired Gourmet Dinner 
6:45 PM Special Guest Speakers
7:00 PM Live Auction
8:45 PM End
Questions? Email soireeduvin@svintl.org

Silicon Valley's Premier Wine Auction

Pouring Vintners

Meet the vintners pouring wine for all guests during the tasting period, and who have generously donated wine experiences to our live auction. Please support their wineries through tasting events or direct wine purchases.

2023 Guest Speakers - Christian Pillsbury & Chris Miller from Eden Rift

2023 Special Guest Speakers

Christian Pillsbury 

A native son of San Francisco, Christian grew enamored of early California history as a young man. More precisely, he became captivated by the early wines of California, for they struck him as living archives; liquid time-capsules that harkened back to a more rugged, adventurous time in the Golden State’s history. His first apartment in San Francisco consisted of a simple coffee table, a chair, a bed and cases of wine, many of which he acquired at the wine store where he worked, stocking shelves. His paychecks at the time were spent almost entirely on feeding his then-nascent fascination with wine. 

Ambitious and inquisitive, he became a serious student of the world’s benchmark wines after meeting the inimitable Martine Saunier of Martine Wines. Representing such iconic brands as Rayas and Leroy, Martine became Christian’s mentor and profoundly shaped his relationship to the enological world and his place within it. 

More recently, he played an integral role as the global wine buyer for DFS and for Coravin, the maker of a sophisticated wine preservation tool, where he helped establish the brand across Asia. After visiting the Cienega Valley in 2016, Christian became aware of the land upon which Eden Rift stands today. Intrigued by its vibrant history and the calcareous, granitic, limestone and mineral-rich soils throughout, his intuition compelled him to believe that Burgundian varieties would and should again thrive in this isolated, windswept mountain canyon. 

Chris Miller, MS

A New Orleans native, Chris started his restaurant career at the age of 14, working his way up to the hallowed floors of Emeril’s and the Brennan family of restaurants. A classically-trained trumpet player, he attended Loyola University’s School of Music, then Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business. 

After graduation, Chris moved to Seattle to immerse himself in the world of wine – production, service, study, and enjoyment. Working as cellar master and sommelier at the legendary Canlis restaurant he befriended Greg Harrington, Master Sommelier, of the newly-founded Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla Valley. The next 4 years were a whirlwind: intense study, honing his sommelier craft, working the annual harvests, and training as a winemaker. 

In 2008 Chris caught the attention of Wolfgang Puck and was recruited to run his flagship, Michelin Two Star restaurant Spago in Beverly Hills. Swiftly developing the program into a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner, his role within the company grew into overseeing the beverage programs at other restaurants as well as developing reserve wine projects with Schrader Cellars and Paul Lato Wines. 

Over the next 6 years, Chris had the good fortune to connect with and learn from some of the world’s greatest winemakers. Thus began an apprenticeship with Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton in Sta. Rita Hills, where days off were spent cultivating Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

After 20 years of restaurants, Chris permanently traded in his suit and tie for jeans and boots, establishing Seabold Cellars in 2014. Now fourteen vintages wiser, Chris is taking on the most exciting challenge of his life – raising a family. 

2023 Live Auction Lots

The live auction features trips, dinners, and unique experiences, as well as wine lots carefully selected by Soiree du Vin's Steering Committee. View all event details and auction items in the auction booklet PDF version. Attendees will also receive a hard copy.
Unable to attend Soirée du Vin? You can still participate by submitting an Absentee Bid. Absentee bidding gives you the opportunity to participate in the live auction for a chance at winning the auction experiences and wine. Complete this form by 4PM on Thursday, September 22nd.

Your Support Matters

Soirée du Vin aims to maintain the status of Silicon Valley’s premier wine auction. To accomplish this, we look for community partners who not only appreciate gourmet food and fine wines, but also seek to support the mission of an educational institution like the Silicon Valley International School (INTL).

INTL's focus on inquiry and bilingualism empowers young minds to embrace complexity, think critically from multiple perspectives, and demonstrate integrity and sensitivity across cultures.

Soirée du Vin is a benefit for INTL's Charlotte de Géry Endowment Fund. By supporting Soirée du Vin, you are helping to ensure that INTL is able to continue its mission indefinitely. Raise a glass at Soirée du Vin, and support the students of the Silicon Valley International School.

Past Soirée du Vin Galleries & Testimonials


Date: Sunday, September 29, 2024
Location: Fremont Hills Country Club
Dress Code: Cocktail Attire
Time: 5PM
Tickets: $295
Tables: $3,200
VIP Tables: $5,000

Your ticket includes access to the wine tastings, a wine-paired gourmet dinner, and an unforgettable live auction experience.

(650) 251-8521

Silicon Valley International School
151 Laura Lane
Palo Alto, CA 94303


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Steering Committee Members: Patricia Colin, Albert Huntington, Christophe Mallard, Boris Micha, Véronique Micha, Linda Wang, Samantha Wang, Jennifer Shen, Shane Combest, Stephanie Amundson, Hugh Amundson