The Bacchanalia Online Auction, presented by National Bank Private Banking 1859, will be open from bidding between April 27 and May 1.

The full auction catalogue will be live on IronGateaAuctions.com by Sunday, April 25, but here are some sneak peaks at some of the highlights.

Wine Highlights

Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve Nebuchadnezzar – Estimated Value: $3,000
Celebrate a special occasion with this 15L bottle of Taittinger Brut Reserve – that’s 20 regular bottles! The Taittinger Brut Reserve is made from premium Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Noir (30%) and Pinot Meunier (30%). You can cellar this large format bottle for 12 years to gain more complexity or pop the cork now for a memorable party.

Pétrus 1994 – Estimated Value: $4,000
Pétrus is the most celebrated wine of Pomerol and this bottle is from the Pétrus estate’s greatest era. Pomerol was the only appellation in Bordeaux to produce great wine in 1994; according to Robert Parker (93 points), this year produced a tannic, classic style of wine at Pétrus, “with immense body, great purity, and a backward finish.” This wine is ready now, but could be cellared another 14 years.

Wine Experience Highlights

Mission Hill Terrace Experience (Estimated Value: $850)
Experience an exclusive “Behind Closed Doors” tasting for four at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery. After a sommelier-guided tour of the underground barrel cellar, you’ll enjoy a seated wine tasting and a sampling of estate-grown fare, followed by a two-course wine paired lunch at the Terrace Restaurant.

A Spirit Ridge Stay and Vanessa Vineyards Visit – And More (Estimated Value: $4,000)
Enjoy a spectacular two-night stay for four in a two-bedroom village villa overlooking the vineyards at Spirit Ridge Resort. Your stay will include an exclusive wine tasting for four at Nk’ Mip Cellars, dinner for four at “the Bear, the Fish, the Root & the Berry”, and a day at Vanessa Vineyards with the incomparable Howard Soon C.M. Howard will pick you up at Spirit Ridge for a VIP Vineyard Experience, including a tour of the vineyard, a wine tasting of Vanessa wines and a lovely al fresco lunch.

Bard Experience Highlights

 The Christopher Gaze Experience (Estimated Value: $1,000)
Christopher Gaze is the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. He also hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s popular Tea & Trumpets series and the VSO’s annual Traditional Christmas concerts. You will have the opportunity to “Gaze” behind the curtain with Christopher, a consummate professional actor, voice-over artist and host/storyteller. This package will include a private mentorship opportunity where you or your designate will have the opportunity to spend a minimum hour with Christopher. You might arrange to have him make an appearance at your next virtual event or provide a personal mentorship conversation to a budding young thespian – or simply treat yourself!

Please note that the details of the interaction will be guided by Provincial Health regulations and could be in-person or via video call; to be negotiated between the successful bidder and Christopher Gaze.  

Bard Costume Experience (Estimated Value: $2,500)
As Western Canada’s Largest Shakespeare festival, Bard on the Beach is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful and detailed theatrical costumes in the country. With this experience, you will enjoy a unique opportunity to have the resources of the Bard Costume Department at your service, to bring theatre magic directly to you. Choose your favourite play or theme and decorate your next event in style! Via Zoom, you will work with a member of Bard’s costume team to create a bespoke plan for your event. This could include up to 10 mannequins dressed in the costumes of your choice, a selection of capes, hats and other costume pieces to build a personalized “tickle trunk” for your guests’ enjoyment, or a combination of the two (subject to negotiation at the time of the consultation, and any applicable Provincial Health regulations). Let your imagination guide you and Bard will do the rest!

This package must be activated between October – March and must take place no later than March 2022. Please note that costumes in our collection have been hand-made and are part of our historical archive; they cannot be worn, except for items provided for a “tickle trunk” (as props).