AFCDV Celebrates Art Meets Wine


NEW YORK CITY- On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, American Friends of the Cité du Vin welcomed over 30 guests at Villa Albertine for a special Champagne dinner celebrating art and wine.


Guests enjoyed a custom menu created by Chef Laëtitia Rouabah, formerly of Benoit; perfectly paired with Champagne from Pommery. AFCDV Board Members David Wolf and David Sadroff attended, along with Sylvie Cazes of La Cité du Vin. French Cultural Counselor Gaëtan Bruel welcomed everyone with special remarks.


J.C. Agid of 37EastPR led an engaging conversation about the relationship between art and wine. Mailys Vranken, CEO Pommery America, spoke about Pommery’s special connection to art, particularly with annual art exhibits held in underground chalk quarries in Reims, France. Eric Mourlot, CEO of Mourlot Editions, shared stories about his grandfather, who worked closely with and produced lithographs for Picasso, Matisse and other renowned artists.


Guests had the opportunity to take part in a special raffle, with prizes including a trip to Bordeaux, a seat at a future rare wine dinner, a rare Picasso lithograph, and a trip to the Champagne region for an experience with Pommery.


Proceeds from this benefit dinner support AFCDV, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises public awareness of and support for La Cité du Vin, a cultural center in Bordeaux which explores the history of wine and its unique role in culture.

For additional information, please contact AFCDV Executive Director Jenifer Morack (

Photos – Tony Behar