St. Helena, CA--Wine lovers around the world, from novice to enthusiast, can still get in on the action of this year's sold-out Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic by bidding on the event's global E-Auction. Viewing of the more than 170 uniquely exciting lots is now live at auctionnapavalley.org. The E-Auction opens on Sunday, May 26 at 12 p.m. PDT and the e-gavel will fall in four waves starting at 6 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 2.
The lots offered in the Napa Valley Vintners' E-Auction provide the lucky winning bidder with unparalleled access to collectable verticals of wine; hand-etched, large-format bottles never to be seen again; hidden cellars; tucked-away winery guest houses; and meals made just for two--or for 30 of one's closest friends. Wines from America's premier winegrowing region sold through the E-Auction come directly from the vintner's cellar to the winning bidder.
The purchase of each lot also brings with it the gratitude of people whose lives are touched through programs in the areas of community health and children's education funded by E-Auction proceeds. "By being part of the excitement of bidding on once-in-a-lifetime lots, people are supporting the great causes that are at the heart of the E-Auction," notes Shannon Staglin, whose family is serving as honorary chairs of this year's Auction Napa Valley. "What can be the start of a wine cellar, a private party with a winemaker or perhaps a stay at a Napa Valley winery guest house for the lucky bidder becomes hope and essential resources for the many recipients of Auction proceeds."
With more than 170 E-Auction lots, there is a wide spectrum of offerings to get excited about. Wine enthusiasts are encouraged to visit auctionnapavalley.org, peruse the E-Auction lots and comment on their favorites using #eAuction and #ANV13 or to post comments on the Napa Valley Vintners' Facebook page.
All lots except #301, the "Marvels to Miracles: Moving Children Toward A Brighter Future" fund-a-need lot, include Napa Valley wine as their centerpiece. Bidders supporting lot #301 can pledge any dollar amount, all of which will go directly to agencies that address the needs of children by taking care of their mental and physical health, offering support to parents to ensure a nurturing home life or by helping youth succeed in school.
Other highlights from this year's E-Auction:
- A private winery tour, wine and cheese pairing and lobster luncheon for 24
- Three-night stay at a secluded winery guest house, poolside lunch and two PUBLIC cruiser bikes
- Coveted invitations to exclusive winery celebrations
- A gallery experience choosing a $10,000 work of art
- Boat trips, bocce, burrata-making lessons, hot air balloon expeditions and many more unique experiences
A new way this year to support the fundraising of Auction Napa Valley, the world's most celebrated charity wine auction, is the chance to win a 2014 Audi R8 Spyder through a special raffle for which only 500 tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets are priced at $1,000, the winning ticket will be selected at the Live Auction Celebration on Saturday, June 1 and winners need not be present. For more information, visit auctionnapavalley.org/raffle/
About Auction Napa Valley
Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners' annual community fundraiser is the most celebrated charity wine auction in the world, donating more than $110 million to health, youth and affordable housing non-profit programs. Founded in 1981, under the vision of Robert and Margrit Mondavi and other vintner leaders, this quintessential showcase of Napa Valley's best wine, food and outstanding hospitality has grown to be a four-day gathering held each year the first weekend in June. Learn more at auctionnapavalley.org
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents more than 450 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit napavintners.com
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