Auction Napa Valley 2014 is fully underway, and the buzz, bidding, wine and food are amazing. I’m hosting a video series all weekend that you can follow on AuctionNapaValley.org, but wanted to give you a sneak preview of the excitement, and of the exceptional bond between the Napa Valley Vintners and the local community – my community – that the Auction supports.
This is the 34th year for Auction Napa Valley hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, with $150 million raised to date for local community grant recipients supporting our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. The vintners’ focus is health care and youth education. Free health care clinics, family counseling, pregnancy and early child health services, preschool programs, and more, receive the auction proceeds within a few months of the auction’s conclusion.
The entire community of vintners, great chefs and restaurateurs, local food purveyors and businesses, contribute time, money, goods and services to make it all happen. As a mom and a somm, it makes me proud to be a part of this community, and more than eager to do my part hosting this video series that brings the energy and message of the auction to the world.
Speaking of the world, our global neighbors get heavily involved, too. This year’s auction features lots with amazing wines and experiences supported by Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany, New Zealand, Australia’s McLaren Vale, Bulgari jewelry, Mandarin Oriental, Fairmont and Four Seasons hotels throughout the world, the Miami Heat, the New York Mets, the NFL, and so many more generous, iconic names.
Even folks who can’t be here, can e-here;) The e-Auction features hundreds of lots with amazing experiences, wines and collaborations that bring the like-no-other hospitality of the Napa Valley to life, and give you a great excuse to support the auction and treat yourself with a taste of our very best.
Thanks to everyone supporting this event, and I hope you’ll stay tuned in to the action. And let me know what you think? I’ll be posting updates to social media as well, and would love to hear a comment from you.