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Napa Valley Barrel Auction, prelude to a grand success

At the 33rd annual Napa Valley Barrel Auction at Raymond Vineyards, Red Room
At the 33rd annual Napa Valley Barrel Auction at Raymond Vineyards, Red Room
Julie Santiago

On Friday May 31, 2013, the Napa Valley Barrel Auction kicked off the second day of celebration for Auction Napa Valley. Over 2,000 people visited Raymond Vineyards for a spectacular event showcasing Napa Valley’s extraordinary wines, culinary creations and breathtaking beauty. The event started early for media with a delicious breakfast at the beautiful Red Room.

2013 Napa Valley Barrel Auction
Julie Santiago

Great enthusiasm filled the room when owner and vintner Jean Charles Boisset (Raymond Vineyards) welcomed everyone and introduced The Staglin Family, honorary chairs for this year celebration. Shari, Garen, Shannon, and Brandon Staglin shared with us how the four days of festivities will help so many people in the Napa Valley Community.

"Working proactively for health and well-being"

  • Offering support with resources, education and services for at-risk families.
  • Contribution for services supporting children's success in school.
  • Supporting organizations addressing mental health, substance abuse and aging (reaching to the most vulnerable).
  • Extending a safety net to those in poverty, to help with food and shelter.
  • Cash contributions to help narrowing the academic achievement gap in Napa County.

This year Barrel Auction event spread out over the entire Raymond Vineyards property, including the lawns, the arbor, the crush pad, the barrel room and the Crystal Cellar, the event featured over 100 NVV members pouring current release Napa Valley wines. More than forty local restaurants and food industry companies served delicious small bites to eat.

Guests had the chance to taste wine directly from the barrel and bid on 100 barrel lots up for auction; also the opportunity to see displays of the live lots up for bid on Saturday, the E-Auction lounge and continuous musical entertainment. Also present, many of the NVV’s community partner agencies, those who receive Auction funding, on hand to talk about how the charitable contributions enhance their work and change the lives of their clients.

Among the many wines to try at the event was exceptional to taste many well crafted dry Rosés form Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other grape varieties. Very pleasant to try these refreshing Rosés outside in a warm Napa Valley summer day. Also at the event, delicious Sauvignon Blanc and other whites to try; before heading to the barrel room where red wine was the king with the exception of four lots of Chardonnay and the outstanding lot of 2010 Late Harvest Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc from Martin Estate.

Bidding on individual cases of Napa Valley wine futures in the climate controlled barrel room got off to a fabulous start on Friday and by the end of the Barrel Auction on Saturday night; the total reached a new Auction Napa Valley record of $1.7 million.

This year’s top ten barrel lots (each lot is 10 cases of Napa Valley wine):

  1. Shafer Vineyards: $78,000
  2. Realm Cellars: $61,350
  3. Continuum Estate: $59,200
  4. Ovid Napa Valley: $52,500
  5. Cardinale: $44,550
  6. Kongsgaard: $41,550
  7. Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery: $37,200
  8. Gemstone: $34,100
  9. Joseph Phelps Vineyards: $33,050
  10. Vineyard 7&8: $32,600

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley, overall reached $16.9 million as fundraising event. This American Wine Classic exceeded the previous record of 10.5 million raised on their 25th anniversary back in 2005, confirming Auction Napa Valley’s position as the world’s most celebrated charity wine event.