The St. Helena Catholic School will be holding its 30th Annual Benefit Wine Auction entitled “Lights, Camera, Action” at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14.

This year’s auction lots represent some of the best opportunities to fill your wine cellar, win a dinner for you and your friends, or have an overnight adventure perfect for the autumn season.

For instance, Lot Number 105 is an “Instant Cellar” that includes 18 select wines, including a bottle of 2012 Elevation 1147 David Arthur Cabernet Sauvignon, three bottles of 2012 Mascot Cabernet Sauvignon, three bottles of 2013 Groth Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, three bottles of Groth Chardonnay, two bottles of 2014 ZD Cabernet Sauvignon, a bottle of 2014 Ovid Experiment H3.4, and five bottles of Wheeler Farms Cabernet Sauvignon. The value of this lot is $1,200.

Another interesting offering is Lot No. 5, which offers an evening for eight with “The St. Helena Rat Pack:” Josh Phelps, Jude Wilmoth and Scott Beattie. You start the night with whiskey cocktails crafted by famed mixologist, Beattie of Meadowood and Goose and Gander. Then you get an Italian steak prepared by Wilmoth, the owner and chef at Cook Tavern, complimented by a selection of wines from the cellar of winemaker Josh Phelps. After dinner, whiskey and whisky cocktails will be served while you play poker and smoke cigars into the night. This offering is valued at $8,000.

Looking for a little more adventure? How about Lot No. 11: A Night Hunting Package for four with the Red Bank Ale and Quail Outfitters in Red Bluff. You and your guests would arrive in the afternoon for a manzanita wood barbecue steak dinner provided and cooked by the hunters. Featured with the dinner will be Orin Swift wine. Dave Phinney will be your personal sommelier. That night you’ll stay in a beautifully restored bunkhouse – adorned with Wi-Fi, cable TV, and warm showers. The staff will cook a western breakfast to build your stamina for the quail and chucker hunt. A personal guide will bring you to the kennels to choose your hunting dog and then assist you in finding and retrieving the birds you shoot. This offering is valued at $20,000 and there are two packages up for bid.

These are only three examples of the opportunities offered. But best of all, you will be supporting the St. Helena Catholic School itself.

The St. Helena Catholic School was finished 54 years ago in 1963, according to Lynn Weber’s commemorative book “St. Helena Catholic Church: Celebrating 150 Years.”

This year’s venue for the 30th Annual Benefit Wine Auction will be at 1340 Tainter St. in the newly constructed 10,000-square-foot Parish Life Center. This center is designed to become the base for youth and teen classes and programs, as well as other parts of the St. Helena congregation’s ministry.

Tickets are available for $150 per person at


Tom Stockwell is currently a staff writer for the St. Helena Star. He is an author of fiction and non-fiction books and has been a working journalist for a variety of technical publications as well as a consultant for numerous wineries in the Napa Valley.