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Auction action: 37th annual event brings fun, supports good causes

Auction action: 37th annual event brings fun, supports good causes

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The 37th annual Auction Napa Valley kicks off June 1 with a Hollywood twist – the event is being hosted by the Coppola family, a longtime player in the Napa Valley’s wine industry, but even more famous for its film making.

“Our family has deep roots in Napa Valley, and we are honored to be part of creating a memorable experience for this year’s Auction Napa Valley guests,” said Roman Coppola, noted filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. “We are inspired by how many lives are touched each year by Auction Napa Valley proceeds, and look forward to collaborating with the Napa Valley vintner community to help ensure a healthy future for our neighbors.”

Coppola family members — Francis, Eleanor, Sofia, Roman and Gia Coppola —will be directing the Auction events that come together to form four days of the best of Napa Valley’s wine, food, scenic beauty and hospitality. Each family member is planning one of the weekend’s events, and Gia Coppola is organizing the Saturday night after-party.

Singer-songwriter and soul musician Leon Bridges will perform a private concert for Auction Napa Valley guests on Saturday, June 3. The intimate show will be the highlight of the after-party at the Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley. Bridges is performing at Gia Coppola’s invitation and his appearance is being coordinated by BottleRock Presents of Napa.

Although the highlight of the weekend is the auction itself, the action begins Thursday evening featuring vintner welcome parties showcasing Napa Valley’s relaxed, down-to-earth side.

Friday brings the Napa Valley Barrel Auction to be held in the caves at the Coppola’s historic Inglenook estate, where guests have the unique experience of tasting and bidding on 100 different wines directly from the barrel. New this year will be pavilions created outdoors on the estate grounds featuring wines made from Napa Valley’s top grape varieties paired with complementary food from some of the Coppola’s favorite Napa Valley restaurants.

Friday evening will see vintner-hosted dinners in intimate settings with noted Napa Valley winery owners opening their homes and private cellars for elegant dinners crafted by some of the country’s most regarded chefs.

On Saturday morning, there will be a series of vintner-hosted Al Fresco Activities, such as cooking with Francis Coppola (who is renowned as a cook as well as a film maker) and bicycling and vineyard hikes with noted vintners as restorative ways to start the day.

Saturday afternoon and evening brings the crescendo of the weekend, the live auction celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley. This is the big show under the big tent where bidders vie for Napa Valley’s finest wines, far-flung adventures and treasures of the rarest kind.

Once the last gavel falls, guests will enjoy an Italian-inspired dinner designed by Francis Coppola and friends. At the after-party, guests will dance the night away, including the live show by Bridges.

Sunday morning will see the weekend draw to a close with a farewell brunch at Charles Krug.

The auction is about more than fun, however – it supports many good causes through a charitable foundation, established by the Napa Valley Vintners. Proceeds from the annual auction are given out as grants under the direction of the Vintners’ board and its strategic plan.

To date, the NVV has invested $170 million in children’s education and community health in Napa County. In 2015 alone, proceeds from Auction Napa Valley contributed to the wellbeing of more than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofits receiving funding, including OLE Health serving as the primary care provider for one in six residents, every child in Napa County having access to health insurance and more children entering kindergarten ready to learn.

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.

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