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October 21, 2023
JW Marriott Austin

The Rare & Fine Wine Auction and Gala is the Wine & Food Foundation’s flagship event and our biggest fundraiser of the year! We use the funds we raise at this event to continue our mission to cultivate and invest in the wine and food community through education, appreciation, and enjoyment.


Born in 1966 in Beaune, the center of France’s Burgundy region, Laurent Drouhin is the second son and third child of Françoise and Robert Drouhin.

A graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Géstion (ESG) with a specialization in international commerce, Laurent joined Maison Joseph Drouhin in 1993 as sales manager responsible for the Paris market.  In 1999 he assumed responsibility for the United States and Caribbean markets.  The United States is the number one export market for the wines of Joseph Drouhin.

With his outgoing charm and exuberant personality, Laurent is a natural ambassador for the Joseph Drouhin wines. To many people the wines of Burgundy are dauntingly complicated and complex, but to Laurent it is far simpler: “The more you know about wine, the closer you get to Burgundy, and the more you know about Burgundy, the closer you get to Maison Joseph Drouhin.” Within a short space of time, Laurent can convince the most nervous of neophytes that they “get” Burgundy.

He and his wife Beatrice, along their two children, Aurore, born in 1996, and Amaury, born in 2002, currently live in the suburbs of New York City.  The children, Laurent notes, were born in stellar vintage years. Over the years, Laurent has developed a passion for golf.

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RFWA Featured Winemaker Luncheon

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Registration for this event will open on May 12th 2023.

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