Following October’s devastating wildfires in California, Sotheby’s and the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) are delighted to announce Bid for Better Online: Bordeaux for Napa & Sonoma (16–30 January), an online sale of wine direct from some of the finest Bordeaux producers, the proceeds of which will benefit the Community Foundation Sonoma County and Napa Valley Community Foundation. The auction symbolises the strong bond shared between Bordeaux and California’s winemaking communities, whose vineyards and people have come to define the wine world for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. Comprised of 74 rare large-format bottles ranging in price from $50 to $6,000 ­– each direct from cellar and donated by the chateau that produced them – this auction is a unique opportunity to enjoy the best of Bordeaux, while supporting vital rebuilding efforts in California.



LOT 19. CHÂTEAU D'YQUEM 2010 (1 IMPERIAL). STARTING BID $50. LOT 13. CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC 2009 (1 DOUBLE MAGNUM). STARTING BID $50.

Olivier Bernard, President of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, pledges that “Bordeaux Grands Crus stand in solidarity with our friends in Napa and Sonoma as they face the challenges ahead.”  

“All of us in the wine world were shocked by the devastation and damage caused by the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa this autumn, and so we are pleased to have teamed up with the UGCB to support the relief and recovery efforts in the North Bay wine communities with this special online benefit auction,” says Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine.


LOT 73. CHÂTEAU FIGEAC 2009 (6 MAGNUMS). STARTING BID $50. LOT 1. CHÂTEAU BEAUSEJOUR BECOT 2000 (1 IMPERIAL). STARTING BID $50.

All of the lots in the sale are being offered both without reserve and buyer’s premium, with prices starting at $50, regardless of the wine’s value. Bidding will be open from 16–30 January and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the regional foundations.