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Zapata in Mendoza, Argentina and Annette and Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California poured some of their select vintages, paired expertly with the culi- nary musings of star chef Eric Ziebold of Kinship in Washington, DC. “Year after year the Naples Winter Wine Festival is proud to welcome such resounding talent to Naples, Florida,” said 2018 Festival Co-Chair Kathy Mezzalingua. “We are thrilled that these respected chefs, vintners, and master sommeliers joined us for another record-breaking Festival weekend to support the children of Collier County.” "We have been creating and producing Vintner Dinners since the inception of the Wine Festival, and each year gets better.” said Rufino Hernandez, owner and creative director at Garden District. “is event was exciting to create, working with great Trustees who had a vision and entrusted me to develop it and produce it for them.... Our idea was to create a total sensory environment that would envelop the guests from start to finish....and when guests leave they are inspired to bid high and bid often at the auction the next day" e following day, the NWWF live auction generated a resounding $15.26 mil- lion for children’s services, boosting the total amount raised to more than $176 mil- lion since its inception in 2001. Donations to this year’s Fund a Need, supporting Children’s Hunger and Oral Health, closed out the thrilling day, bringing in on-the-spot contributions of over $2.4 million which will ensure more at-risk children will have access to nutritious food and proper oral health care—both critical to a child’s overall health. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 33