Auction Napa Valley raises nearly $10m
- Monday 11 June 2007
Many of the top lots were sweetened by glamorous automobiles, European trips and private dinners with vintners. The largest bid was US$1.1m for three 3-liter bottles of Staglin Family Vineyard Sangiovese, a trip to Italy with the winery owners and a Maserati.
Three 3-liter bottles of Screaming Eagle with a dinner and campout in the vineyard sold for US$500,000; and US$400,000 bought an 18-liter bottle of Hundred Acre and dinner for 10.
The Napa Valley Vintners have thrown the annual summer party for 27 years, raising US$80 million dollars for healthcare, youth services and low-income housing in Napa County.
Other top lots included four 3-liter bottles of Harlan Estate and a dinner for eight people for US$380,000; a wine collection of large-format bottles from various Napa Valley wineries and a Lexus hybrid auto for US$360,000; a dinner for 10 and 15 bottles of Araujo Estate wines for US$340,000; and seven bottles of Colgin Cellars and a dinner for US$320,000.
Lately, the event’s organizers have tinkered with the event’s format in response to loyal top bidders who indicated they desired a shorter auction within a more intimate setting.
The 2007 auction, with 45 live lots, was held in the evening under a white tent at the Meadowood resort. A five-course dinner was served to 800 people during the festivities, which also included a standup routine by comedian Dana Carvey.
The dinner and auction were the culmination of three days of wining and dining, Napa Valley-style. Also featured was a barrel auction, which brought in US$1.23 million, 50% more than in 2006 with the same number of cases offered.
10 Top Live Lots
Staglin Family Vineyards, US$1.1 million
Screaming Eagle, US$500,000
Hundred Acre US$400,000
Harlan Estate, US$380,000
Napa Valley Vintners and Lexus, US$360,000
Araujo Estate Wines, US$340,000
Colgin Cellars US$320,000
Opus One, US$280,000
Shafer Vineyards, US$250,000
NVV and Departures Magazine, US$220,000
10 Top Barrel Lots
Shafer Vineyards, US$104,950
Pride Mountain Vineyards, US$36,400
Joseph Phelps Vineyards, US$35,850
D.R. Stephens Estate, US$35,000
Blackbird Vineyards, US$28,150
Jones Family Vineyards, US$24,900
Nickel and Nickel, US$22,050
William Cole Vineyards, US$22,000
2007 Top 10 E-Lots
Viader Vineyards, US$16,500
Domaine Chandon, US$15,100
Sherwin Family Vineyards, US$15,100
Miner Family Vineyards, US$14,500
Etude Wines, US$12,400
Franciscan Estate, US$12,100
Cakebread Cellars, US$11,200
NVV and Viking Range Corporation, US$10,600