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The Cristal flows easy as a black-tie crowd toasts 100 years of the Houston Symphony

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Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
John Rydman, from left, Lisa Rydman and Lindy  Rydman at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Chairs John Rydman, from left, Lisa Rydman and Lindy  Rydman. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Bob and Nancy Peiser, from left, and Christina and Mark Hanson at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 201
Bob and Nancy Peiser, from left, and Christina and Mark Hanson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Bob Weiner at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Wine chairman Bob Weiner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Steve Mach, left, and Ralph Burch at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Steve Mach, left, and Ralph Burch. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Table setting at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Riedel glassses add glamor to the table settings. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Eric Schaeffer, from left, Tyson Voelkel, Marie Taylor Bosarge, Bruce Eames and Sunday Riley at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Eric Schaeffer, from left, Tyson Voelkel, Marie Taylor Bosarge, Bruce Eames and Sunday Riley. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Viviana and David Denechaud at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Viviana and David Denechaud. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Dick Vermeil at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Dick Vermeil. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Kirby and Scott McCool at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Kirby and Scott McCool. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Heidi and David Massin at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Heidi and David Massin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Billy and Christie McCartney, from left, and Maggie and Rob Vermillion at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Billy and Christie McCartney, from left, and Maggie and Rob Vermillion. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Barbara and Pat McCelvey at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Barbara and Pat McCelvey. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Amie Geary and Sergei Galperin at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Amie Geary and Sergei Galperin. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Connie Coulomb and Mauro Gimenez at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Connie Coulomb and Mauro Gimenez. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
John Rydman, from left, Lisa Rydman and Lindy  Rydman at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Bob and Nancy Peiser, from left, and Christina and Mark Hanson at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 201
Bob Weiner at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Steve Mach, left, and Ralph Burch at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Table setting at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Eric Schaeffer, from left, Tyson Voelkel, Marie Taylor Bosarge, Bruce Eames and Sunday Riley at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Viviana and David Denechaud at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Dick Vermeil at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Kirby and Scott McCool at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Heidi and David Massin at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Billy and Christie McCartney, from left, and Maggie and Rob Vermillion at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Barbara and Pat McCelvey at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Amie Geary and Sergei Galperin at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014
Connie Coulomb and Mauro Gimenez at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner March 2014

With Spec's proprietors Lindy and John Rydman and their daughter, Lisa Rydman, at the helm of the Houston Symphony "Centennial Wine Dinner & Collector's Auction," one would expect a remarkable evening. And so it was at Jones Hall where Cristal champagne flowed during the reception and silent auction and where fine food with wine pairings wowed the sellout gathering on stage in the symphony's home.

More than 300 black-tie attired guests perused the wine auction which tempted with more than 115 lots on display in the Jones Hall lobby. Wine auction chair Bob Weiner circulated through the gathering discussing the many choice wines up for bid while the Fidelis Quartet provided lilting background music. The auction alone brought in more than $112,000. The night's total proceeds set a record at more than $410,000.

Highlight of the auction was the $5,000 per couple wine dinner at the home of Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, whose underground wine cellar has space for 14,000 bottles. Special guests for that evening, limited to six couples, will be Houston Symphony Conductor Laureate Hans Graf and wife Margarita.

Once on stage, guests were enveloped in dramatic decor, created by The Events Co., an ideal setting for the splendid four-course dinner presented by Jackson and Co. Riedel provided stemware for the fine wines that were served and sent each guest home with an engraved commemorative Riedel glass in honor of the centennial. While Jackson Hicks and team created the menu, the Rydman family, with the clout of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods, selected the wines that ranged from Corton Charlemagne to Chateau Giscours.

Among those savoring this special evening were Christina and Mark Hanson, Nancy and Bob Peiser, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Betty and Jesse Tutor, Marie Bosarge, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Joella and Steve Mach, Windi and David Grimes and Susie and Mel Glasscock.

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