The Met’s production of “Les Troyens”; The fashion show that’s gone to the dogs; Get ready for Kluge wine; A new princess for the Upper East Side.

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The committee, which will start the bidding on such auction items as a leather doggy bag from Cece Cord’s line, Travels with Tiger, and a pet portrait by Constance Coleman, includes such pedigree lovers as Charlotte Ford, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Susan Lucci, Betty and Virgil Sherrill, Allison Stern and Muffie Potter Aston. Not a stray among them.

You read here that Patricia Kluge was about to make her debut on the international wine scene and so she has, celebrating the opening of her Kluge Estates Winery and Vineyard at a sparkling luncheon at the Four Seasons. If you go by her friend Al Gore, Pat’s venture should be an unbridled success. At the luncheon, he all but bubbled over with rave reviews. Along with an A-list of important wine writers, Pat’s family, including her husband, Bill Moses, and her young son, John Kluge Jr., were there to celebrate in a room decorated by florist Olivier Giugni of L’Olivier to resemble Pat’s magnificent private country estate, Albemarle House, near Charlottesville, Va. Guests entered through wrought-iron gates hung with bunches of grapes and the tables were set behind a topiary privet hedge. Her consultant wine maker, the famous Michel Rolland, introduced the Kluge Estate New World Red 2001, describing it as set to become one of America’s most exclusive wines. There was a rousing round of applause.

And that’s not all. This month, Patricia will open her Kluge Estate Farm Shop, where such treats as pastry prepared by chef Serge Torres will be on sale. The shop was designed by David Easton, who also designed Albemarle House — all 50 rooms of it.

Lydia Hearst of the Hearst Hearsts and 19-year-old Annenberg heir Oliver Hammond have been going out in New York for the past month since they met last summer in the Hamptons. The Hearsts and the Hammonds are good friends and their combined family fortune is more than $6 billion. The darling teenagers were at the DIFFA benefit in the Hammerstein Ballroom, as cuddly as can be.
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