Tickets for the 2013 Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic are now on sale. The country’s first charity wine auction, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, takes place this from May 30 to June 2 and this year will offers a variety of options from “The Complete Auction Experience” to “A Perfect Day in Napa Valley” and “Friday at the Auction.”
Auction Napa Valley 2013’s honorary chairs are the Staglin family of Staglin Family Vineyard.
“Marvels and miracles will abound at this year’s Auction Napa Valley celebration,” said Garen Staglin. “The marvels include the amazing experiences, one-of a-kind auction lots, and over-the-top hospitality that our guests enjoy. The miracles are what we create as a result of Auction Napa Valley for those in our community who need our help.”
Highlights from this year’s auction weekend include:
• Friday Napa Valley Barrel Auction on May 31: Drawing nearly 2000 attendees including bidders, chefs, vintners and media, this walk-around tasting features hundreds of yet-to-be-released Napa Valley wines and dozens of dishes from local chefs. This year’s Barrel Auction will be at the entertaining and eclectic Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena.
• Saturday Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley on June 1: The centerpiece of the weekend, with 800 guests including bidders, vintners, and media, it will offer 40 lots of “Firsts, Favorites and Far Away Places” wine, cellar collections and wine experiences. Festivities at Meadowood Napa Valley include a lunch created by eight Bravo Top Chefs and a country-style dinner by Chef Joseph Lenn of the acclaimed Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
• Vintner-hosted parties: A perennial favorite of the Auction weekend is the selection of Thursday and Friday private dinners hosted by the vintners at their homes or wineries from Carneros to Calistoga.
• E-Auction: For those who cannot make it to Napa Valley for the auction (and even those who do) the online e-auction provides a chance to bid on more than 150 lots of rare wines and Napa Valley experiences.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit AuctionNapaValley.org.