Auction benefits public television

SPRINGFIELD The annual WGBY Wine & Dine Auction benefiting Public Television in western New England, returns on April 26, 27 and 28 beginning at 7:30 each night, with something for every wine and food lover, from the casual sipper to the serious wine collector. In addition to outstanding wines, viewers can bid on special wine dinners at local restaurants and even the opportunity to have an acclaimed local chef cook for the winning bidder and their friends!

The evening-long broadcasts will give viewers the opportunity to tune in, take a chance and be a winner while supporting public television. Up for bid will be a wide variety of items, including high-quality wines, gourmet foods from local purveyors and exciting multi-course wine dinners donated by some of the region's most popular restaurants.

"One standout item this year is a three-bottle assortment of Chteau Ducru-Beaucaillo's '66, '75 and '79 vintages," said Jim Holsing, WGBY volunteer and noted wine expert. "Chteau Ducru-Beaucaillou, where the Borie family has based their wine operations for 60 years, is known for producing some of the Bordeaux region's best wines, often called the 'burgundies of Bordeaux' for their velvety character."

It's not just wine that's on the WGBY auction block. Viewers can bid on specially planned wine dinners at Blue Heron in Sunderland, Table 9 in Northampton, Fusion of East Longmeadow and many more of the area's finest restaurants. Fabulous wine dinners with accommodations will be offered by The Deerfield Inn and Blantyre in Lenox among others.

You can even bid on the opportunity to have Caf Lebanon's chef or Asian chef Pengyew Chin, come to your home and cook a meal for you your closest friends!

Viewers will also have special opportunities like the chance to be brew-master for the day at Paper City Brewery in Holyoke.

The WGBY Wine & Dine Auction can be seen on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 26, 27 and 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Viewers can obtain express bid numbers and obtain more information at www.wgby.org or by calling 1-800-781-WGBY (9429).