Napa Valley Wine Auction
Napa's Most Exclusive Event
Once again, the extravagant and star-studded Napa Valley Wine Auction proved itself to be the most successful charity wine event in the world. This year, the four day long whirlwind of wine tastings, dinners and auctions brought in an impressive $8.4 million for youth programs, health care and low-income housing charity efforts.
One record-breaking item donated by Staglin Family Vineyard fueled an all out bidding war which resulted in the lot selling for $1.05 million. The item included a trip to France with the Staglins to visit several high profile vineyards and winemakers including Montesquieu's Stephane Derenoncourt.
We were pleased to find that the excitement regarding French wines has returned, especially for Bordeaux. In fact, it has seemed to make a full recovery from the days of French wine boycotts. And as usual, other big ticket items included verticals of Screaming Eagle, magnums of Colgin, Harlan, Phelps and Maya, and numerous other cult wines.
Wine-making masters Bob Levy and Martha McClellan (of Sloan, Harlan and Bond), Chris Howell (Cain Vineyard and Winery) and Al and Boots Brounstein (Diamond Creek) enhanced the experience by extending their warm welcome to Stephane Derenoncourt and our team of wine buyers. We are incredibly pleased with the level of hospitality, the amazing food and wine and most importantly the success of the auction for local charities. We eagerly await the Napa Wine Auction of 2007!