O n 5 February this year the Napa Valley Library Wine Auction, presented on Sotheby’s auction platform, raised almost $500,000, with the star lot – three magnums of Screaming Eagle – fetching $48,600. All monies raised went to support the endeavours of Napa Valley Vintners (NVV).
Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby’s Wine, says: “We wanted Sotheby’s to carve out a new category of wine and spirits charity auctions. We successfully collaborated with the famous Hospices de Beaune auction last year, and we have always admired both the passion of Napa Valley winemakers and the quality of their wines, so it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to increase their global reach.”
Linda Reiff, president and chief executive of NVV, says: “We’re thrilled to work with Sotheby’s. It strengthens our mission to promote, protect and enhance Napa Valley.”
Potential buyers at this June’s barrel auction at Raymond Vineyard can try wines (Shafer, Hall and a host of others) direct from the barrel and bid for one of 10 cases from each winery, with the added pleasure of knowing they are raising vital funds.
Last year, NVV supported 24 local non-profit organisations with a staggering $5.9 million.
Cover image: The view from Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley. Photo: 2014 Bob McClenahan