This is just a quick note to mention that the Canadian Opera Company fine wine auction was a fun way to spend a couple of hours last night.
The place was buzzing in the newly renovated Crush Wine Bar and there was plenty of staff and organizers around to efficiently get registered and find something to eat and drink. The silent auction was downstairs and having the actual bottles on display behind the auction sheets was a very nice touch as it allowed you to examine the bottles before bidding.
The crew from the Ritchies Auction house was there, led by Stephen Ranger, who presided over the auction. As always, Stephen was funny and kept things moving nicely, even over the noise from the people that were there purely to socialize ;-)
As for the auction, the selection was quite impressive, but alas, there weren't many deals to be had.