The chance for wine lovers to get their hands on hard-to-find bottles of reds, whites and bubbly wines returns on April 30, when the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas hosts the 31st Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction.

At the JW Marriott this year, the event — one of the largest auctions of its kind in the U.S. — “will draw more than 350 wine connoisseurs eager to bid on exclusive lots of rare and fine wines,” according to a press release. It’s an important fundraiser of the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, a nonprofit that turns its passion for good food and drink into a springboard improving the health and well-being of the surrounding community with culinary-related benefits.

Before the auction that starts at 5:30 p.m. on April 30, the foundation is also hosting a couple of other wine-friendly events, including a sold-out kick-off party at Franklin Barbecue on April 28. The other event is a winemaker’s luncheon at Olive & June on April 29, featuring California winemaker Robin Lail and some of her favorite wines from Lail Vineyards. Tickets for the lunch are $80 to $100.

Like last year’s auction, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ Rare & Fine Wine Auction will have plenty of wines for you to taste and bid on.

The main event, of course, is the Rare & Fine Wine Auction, with proceeds this year benefiting the local organization Urban Roots. As with past years, the auction is offering lots of desirable wines and related items.

“Live auction lots include exceptionally rare and collectible wines,” among the most coveted of prizes “a duo of rare and extraordinary jeroboams from Lail Vineyards, two bottles of 2013 Harlan Estate and a five-night stay at Brownstreet Cottage in Healdsburg, California,” according to the press release. “In addition, a silent auction will feature lots including collectible wines, winery tours, private wine dinners and more.”

Tickets for the electrifying evening, which includes a four-course dinner, are available now. Individual tickets are $275; tables start at $2,500.

For more information, including about the beneficiary Urban Roots, visit