Join Mr. Parker, for a mere $12.5G

When most people think of the Naples (FL) Winter Wine Festival, they think opulence. So, it should come as no surprise that an event noted for raising $40 million for charity since its inception in 2000 continues to think big.

The latest twist: a $12,500-a-ticket wine tasting session with Robert M. Parker Jr. (above), one of the world's most influential wine critics.

The festival, scheduled for next Jan. 26-28, already has lined up a list of celebrity chefs that includes Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse. The chefs are paired with various vintners to prepare meals at the homes of festival trustees.

Separate auction items for 2007 will include dinner with Martha Stewart in her New York and Maine homes, and a walk-on part in the ABC-TV show "Grey's Anatomy." Plus, a Rolls-Royce Phantom will be auctioned off.

The Parker event is ultra-ultra exclusive, limited to just 50 people for the Jan. 25 session. The $12,500 price will NOT include a ticket for the festival itself. That event, limited to 550 attendees, goes for $7,500 per couple or $20,000 for four people.

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