When you’re in the fine antiques business, you never know who you’re going to meet. Napa Valley royalty Jean-Charles Boisset and Gina Gallo recently purchased some French gilded high-style pieces from Sarasota Trading Company, and a friendship was formed between the famous wine makers and Andrew and Elizabeth “Lathrop” Ford, owners of Sarasota Trading Company and sister company Sarasota Estate Auction. Before long, the Fords were invited to an intimate dinner party at the celebrity couple’s home — the former Robert Mondavi estate in Napa Valley — and Sarasota gained a wine tasting event.
Guests recently sampled fine wine and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying 50 percent off storewide on art, antiques, furniture and collectibles at Sarasota Trading Company in downtown Sarasota. And whose wines were featured? You guessed it. Among the samples were pinot noirs from the DeLoach and Buena Vista wineries, cabernets and chardonnays from Raymond Vineyard and JCB champagne.
Located in the historic Burns Court district at 522 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota Trading Company is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Telephone: (941) 953-7776.