Bill Nunnelly


May 17-18, 2023
Lots 1005-1078

Bill Nunnelly was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, avid traveler, and lover of the finer things in life - especially fine wine and food. In his community, Bill established several successful companies after his start in the tobacco industry, and eventually ventured into the wine and spirits business, owning a retail shop for nearly thirty years. His passion for wine was evident in his frequent attendance at wine tasting events, especially in Naples, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee where he and his wife, Rosann, divided their time. They actively engaged in charitable organizations in both cities, advocating for the underserved through the charities that he and Rosann supported, and she continues to support to this day. As a tribute to his memory, one hundred percent of the net sale proceeds from Bill’s wine collection will benefit The Naples Children & Education Foundation and The Nashville Wine Auction.

This sale of nearly seventy-five lots is a wonderful opportunity to support these important causes and acquire exceptional wine from the personal collection of this true connoisseur. Bordeaux leads the pack with ten bottles of 1990 Chateau Haut Brion and five bottles of 1989 La Mission, accompanied by magnums of 1982, 1986, and 1990 Lafite. Further exceptional 1982s include Latour, Mouton, Gruaud Larose, Calon Segur, Leoville Poyferre, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Leoville Las Cases. Burgundy from the 1990s and 2000s dominates, highlighted by J.F. Mugnier 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2010 Musigny and 1999 Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses!! Comte Vogue, Bachelet, Leroy, Dujac, Faiveley, and Engel follow close behind with finest red Burgundy, followed by a palate cleanser of V. Dauvissat Chablis and a toast of Champagne from Dom Perigon. Chave and Jaboulet from the Rhone, Gaja from Italy, and a Ridge Monte Bello California Cabernet represent the best from their respective regions in this generous selection from a lifetime well spent collecting the world’s finest wines.

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ABOUT Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF)

The Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) is dedicated to improving the educational, emotional and health outcomes of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County through annual grants and strategic initiatives. The organization collaborates with 60 of the most effective nonprofits in the community to provide over 300,000 children with the resources they need to succeed. NCEF founded the Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world's most prestigious charity wine auctions, which has raised approximately $269 million for children in need since its inception in 2001. This premier event offers intimate dinners featuring world-class food and wine, and guests are invited to bid on once-in-a-lifetime travel and wine experiences during an electrifying live auction. The exclusive three-day festival, ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans, attracts vintners, chefs, wine enthusiasts, and philanthropists from all over the world, coming together to support NCEF's initiatives with year-round impact on the lives of children.

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