Auction Napa Valley, the country’s premier wine auction, raised $14.3 million for the organizations it supports. This year’s Auction, the 36th since its inception, culminated last Sunday with a spectacular brunch at Meadowood Napa Valley for those who participated.
Over the four days of the Auction, guests experienced vintner-hosted dinners and parties, Friday’s Napa Valley Barrel Auction at the Robert Mondavi Winery, and the live auction held Saturday at Meadowood.
Here is a summary of the lots and what they were auctioned for from Sasha Paulsen’s article in the St Helena Star, owned by the Napa Valley Register.
Top Live Auction Lots
— “Fund-a-Need,” which brought in $2.1 million from 100 paddle holders
— “Into Africa, Incomparably,” donated by Staglin Family Vineyards, which sold for $700,000 and was expanded to include an additional couple, for a fundraising total of $1.05 million
— “True Warriors of Wine,” donated by Amuse Bouche and Tusk Estates, which sold for $520,000 and was then matched for a fundraising total of $1.04 million
— “The Quintessential Vintner Experience” donated by Quintessa, which sold for $170,000, was doubled and then matched for a fundraising total of $680,000
— “A Night Full of Stars,” a buy-a-spot lot donated by Opus One, which raised $660,000
— “50 Years, 50 Guests, 50 Bottles,” donated by Robert Mondavi Winery, which sold for $520,000
— “Etched Into the Hillside” donated by Harlan Estate, which sold for $500,000
— “Luminosity,” donated by Scarecrow Wine, which sold for $440,000
Three additional excellent articles by David Stoneberg, Paul Franson and L. Pierce Carson in the Napa Valley Register will share more about this year’s Auction and who it helps.