Celebrity Hosts

Bill Plante

Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years prior to his retirement following the 2016 election. He covered the White House for CBS News during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. From 1989-92, he was State Department correspondent. Plante also served as anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News (June 1988-August 1995).


Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud, a native of Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York, his home since 1982. Daniel is Chef-Owner of 14 restaurants around the world, and is best known for his eponymous, exquisitely refined DANIEL on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Outside of New York, the chef’s cooking can be found in London, Singapore, Toronto, Montréal, Miami, Palm Beach, Washington DC, and Boston. Boulud is the author of nine cookbooks, the recipient of multiple James Beard Foundation awards including “Outstanding Chef” and “Outstanding Restaurateur,” as well as The Culinary Institute of America’s “Chef of the Year Award” (2011) and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2015). Boulud was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government in March 2006 in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of French culture. He is a generous supporter and Co-President of Citymeals-on-Wheels for more than two decades, and is Chairman of the Ment’or BKB foundation


Dave McIntyre

Dave McIntyre has been The Washington Post’s weekly wine columnist since October 2008. His writings have also appeared in Wine Enthusiast, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sommelier Journal, Wines & Vines, Washingtonian and several other publications. Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine listed him as one of the most influential wine writers in the United States, and Worth magazine proclaimed him among “the new guard” of wine criticism. He is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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Jamie Ritchie

Jamie joined Sotheby’s in London in 1990 and moved to New York in 1995. Since then, he has been responsible for starting Sotheby’s wine auctions in New York in 1994 and Hong Kong in 2009. He launched Sotheby’s Wine, a retail store and online wine business, in New York in 2010 and Hong Kong in 2014. Jamie is one of the world’s leading wine auctioneers, selling many lots for world record prices. He frequently travels to taste wines, donate his services to benefit auctions and lead tastings around the world.

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Mitch Bainwol

Mitch Bainwol is President and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the leading trade association representing automakers selling new vehicles in the United States. The Auto Alliance represents 12 iconic automakers — from the U.S., Europe and Japan — on a range of safety, environmental and technology issues before Congress, the Executive Branch and state legislatures. Bainwol is a strong advocate for market-driven government policies to advance an innovation agenda. “We’re on the precipice of a golden era in mobility. Our roads are going to be far safer than ever, and the environmental benefits are enormous,” according to Bainwol. “In today’s world, safer cars are green cars. The faster we can usher in the future, the better.”


Scott Claffee and David White

Scott Claffee and David White will be the Guest Auctioneers at the Congress Has Heart Reception on May 9th. They have both been longtime friends of Heart’s Delight and have both served as Chairmen of our Auction Committee. We are so grateful for their continued support and are so glad they have found their calling as our Guest Auctioneers!


Thibault Pontallier

Thibault Pontallier has been Global Ambassador for Château Margaux since March 2017, after a period of seven years as our Ambassador to Asia. He began his career in 2007 working for the United Nations in Rome. In 2008, he left for New York, where he worked for a major wine merchant. Thibault opened the Hong Kong Château Margaux office in April 2010. His role at that time was to reinforce the prestige of the Estate in the large Asian market. Today, based in London, Thibault continues to strengthen Château Margaux’s image with wine amateurs from all over the world. He holds a dual Master degree in Management, from the renowned Paris business school, l’école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC). Thibault is the son of Paul Pontallier.