If the rain was enough, as this years 31st Napa Valley Wine Auction, now called Auction Napa Valley, passed raising $100 million for charity yesterday, several participants starting shooting sparkling wine into the air. Though the final count raised is not is, the event raised more than $7.3 million.
The highest bid went to two bidders who paid $300,000 each for the top selling lot. Here is some details from the Napa Valley Registers article today, Soggy but happy, Auction Napa Valley bidders raise $7.3 million:
The top-selling lot was a joint project from Chiarello Family Vineyards and Staglin Family Vineyards. It included wine, vineyard tours and cooking lessons with Michael Chiarello, who took time off from cooking the auction dinner to encourage bidders on his lot, standing by the stage with Shari and Garen Staglin and cheering as bids mounted to $300,000. The trio agreed to double the lot, bringing in a total of $600,000 from two winning bidders.
Another vintner who agreed to double his lot was Jean-Charles Boisset, the new owner of Raymond Vineyards, who was offering wine plus dinner in Paris and a trip to Burgundy. As a bidding war brought the lot to $190,000, Boisset was asked if he might offer two packages, and he replied, “Of course!”
This years Auction was chaired by Koerner Rombauer, his great aunt is Irma Rombauer, and lead by local chefs, Michael Chiarello and Cindy Pawlcyn. It sounds like everyone had a great time and didn’t let a record rainfall spoil their day.
If you wonder here is where all the money goes:
2010 Contribution Total Contribution from 1981 thru 2010
- Health Care $ 3,670,000 $ 54 million
- Health Care Fund $ 500,000 $ 18 million
- Youth $ 1,104,000 $ 11 million
- Housing $ 1,120,000 $ 7 million
- Special Projects $ 406,000 $ 5 million
- Special Initiatives $ 2.4 million
TOTAL $ 6,800,000 $ 97 million
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