The Twelfth Annual Eco-Energy Best Cellars Dinner was presented on Monday, April 25, 2011 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The event benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Frances W. Preston Labs at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.
The Best Cellars Dinner is one of the Foundation’s signature events that is known for pairing Best Sellers (country music’s top selling artists and other celebrities) with Best Cellars (Nashville’s top wine collectors) plus an extraordinary gourmet meal prepared by a guest chef. The event has raised more than $1.5 million for the mission of funding ground-breaking cancer research.
|Blake Shelton poses with Kellie Pickler |
The Nashville Best Cellars Dinner welcomed a special group of celebrities that attend the dinner each year. This year’s celebrities included: Lisa and Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Jonathan Cain (Journey),Big Kenny, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Amy Grant, Blake Shelton, Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town and more.
The Nashville Best Cellars Wine Hosts play a special role in the dinner by providing premier wine from their personal wine cellars to share at their tables.
Some of the wines poured included a 66 Haut Brion, 82 Pichon Lalande, an 89 Margaux, an 82 Mouton, a 95 d’Yquem and a 97 Montrachet and many more of the greatest world class wines.
2011 Best Cellars Wine Hosts included: Mary and Sam Beall, Larry and Jamie Beckwith, Tom Black, Jim Clendenen, Chantel and John Esposito, Joe and Patricia Harbison, Billy Ray and Nancy Hearn, Jeff Hopmayer, Irv Lingo, Eliza Kraft Olander, Keith and Deby Pitts and Bill Shea