We’re not usually big ones for going to the fancy parties that get thrown in this business. Sure, we do WhiskyFest, and if there’s a big
Except for this one event that takes place every February in the
This gives us a chance to meet the faces behind the wines, to see who the new, up and coming winemakers and wineries might be. It’s also a chance to have dinner with friends in that we don’t see often enough, and to see what’s new at some of our favorite wineries. It also gives us a chance to see what’s old, since some folks, like the lovely people at Shafer and Duckhorn, break out older vintages and great big bottles and everyone has a good time. If you need a break, Joel Gott hosts a taco and beer party at his
The main event, of course, is the auction itself. This is where the participating wineries offer exclusive lots of special, one-time-only blends, to the trade. There were celebrities around (both William Shatner and Kevin Costner were spotted), but if you’re not in the business, you don’t get to bid.
(A little aside here: The Premiere Napa Valley Auction is for charity. It helps raise funds for the alliance of wine-growers trying to protect the land and reputation of the region. Did you know that only 4% of
The auction is held at the
Again, all of the lots sold at the Premiere Napa Valley Auction are unique. No one else will ever have what we buy.
A few years ago we were lucky enough to lay down the winning bid for a 2002 Oakville Ranch Lucinda’s Blend composed of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only five cases of this supple, floral, spicy red were made. We do still have a few bottles left, but don’t expect them to hang around forever.
This year we’re excited to say we managed to win the following two lots:
Livingston Moffett Wines – 2006 Aidan’s Blend: This lot is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The Cabernet come from three famous appellations,
Paoletti Estates 2006 Nero d’Avola: A rare and beautiful grape native of the
Both of these wines were bottled over the last couple of weeks. They’re resting now, but they should available for sale in December of this year.
If you’d like to learn more about the event and the work of these Napa Valley Vintners, visit www.napavintners.com .