Testimonials

The best event of the year: wonderful wines, great food and a terrific charity makes for a very special evening indeed. Be a part of this amazing event!

— Jim Brock

The New York International Wine Auction is unique because it encompasses two diametrically opposed virtues. First, it is operated with consummate professionalism and offers wines of the highest possible caliber. But second, at its heart, it celebrates the domestic virtues of love, family and compassion. NYIWA is a truly beautiful thing!

— Alan Bryce

An evening we look forward to every year. As with wine, this event seems to get better with age... and never disappoints! Dress up, drink and donate for such a wonderful and worthwhile cause. A decadent night filled with mingling of friends, old and new. The finest of dining at one of central New York’s premier venues – elegance, and class... Come join us and experience this great event and see for yourself. You’ll feel great... Life really is Beautiful!

— Chip and Judy Hummel

The NYIWA is one of the most unique, well-organized and – most of all – fun charity wine auctions I participate in around the country. Arc Herkimer is also one of the most well-run and impressive charity organizations I have been privileged to associate with. Arc Herkimer provides incredibly important services, and delivers them year-round. Every dollar raised at the NYIWA is going to a worthy organization to help those in need.The wine tasting and dinner during the live auction are both not to be missed. Some of the finest limited production wines from New York and California are open during the tasting and dinner. The live auction itself contains some of the hardest-to-find, one-of-a-kind wine lots I have witnessed in charity auctions large and small around the U.S.

— Daniel J. Donahoe

Sure there's great food and wine in a wonderful location for a most worthy cause, but the reason my wife and I don't just send in the check is the people who are associated with the event: the Arc Herkimer staff, the NYIWA team, the attendees, and, of course, the people for whom this event is held. They all come together to create a very special experience.

— Jesse Markow & Teri Dobbs

We know the importance of supporting Arc Herkimer and to do so and in turn, receive a perfect blend of fine people, tantalizing tastes at a beautiful setting, which certainly makes NYIWA an event we don't want to miss. It's definitely a highlight of our year!

— Gary Scalzo

I have been a supporter and attendee of NYIWA since its inception. This is a "must attend" wine event in Central New York and beyond. The auction lots are better each year, being on par with the biggest and best charity auctions in this country. Enjoy great food, superb wines, treasures at auction - all while helping those that need our help the most. Cheers to Arc Herkimer!

— Bob Morris

My wife Ruth and I have supported this event from the very first and have attended many...It has always been a treat and a very memorable experience and I would recommend it to everyone. The food and the wonderful wines that go along with each course has always been one of the highlights for us. I am also amazed at the wines you are able to acquire for the auction. It is a collector's dream.I also can’t say enough about the dedication and the enthusiasm of the organizers and volunteers have made each auction one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences and we look forward to attending each year we can.We look forward to seeing you again. 

— Scott Osborn

The New York International Wine Auction runs flawlessly every year, but only because of the extensive—and mostly unseen—preparation done in advance. Much of that work goes into choosing the courses of the gourmet dinner and the fine wines to match with the food. Having participated in the preliminary tastings and the rehearsal dinner, it’s clear that the pairings for this year’s auction dinner are as good as any we’ve experienced in our more than 15 years of attendance. If you like delicious food, expertly paired with the finest wines, served in the midst of an organized frenzy of auction excitement, you must attend the 25th Anniversary of NYIWA!

— Bill Owens

We were high bidders on the Tuscany trip and it was an experience of a lifetime. Beautiful country, great food and wine, and wonderful hospitality. 

— Michael & Nancy Costello

“An evening we look forward to every year. As with wine, this event seems to get better with age... and never disappoints! Dress up, drink and donate for such a wonderful and worthwhile cause. A decadent night filled with mingling of friends, old and new. The finest of dining at one of central New York’s premier venues – elegance, and class... Come join us and experience this great event and see for yourself. You’ll feel great... Life really is Beautiful!”

—Chip and Judy Hummel

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