Sonoma Wine Auction raises a record US$6.1m

The 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction raised a record US$6.1m at La Crema Estate last Saturday, with all proceeds from the event going to local charities.

The 40-lot auction was co-chaired by Chris Jackson of Jackson Family Estates and E&J Gallo’s Gina Gallo.

Auction hosts Gina Gallo and Chris Jackson

Top lot, the Fund-a-Need Paddle Raise, drew US$1,613,000 in donations from $500 to $250,000, and will help build a new Boys & Girls Club in Santa Rosa.

Gallo and Jackson both contributed US$250,000 to the lot. Meanwhile, a trip to Francis Ford Coppola’s private island in the Caribbean went for US$56,000.

Barbara Banke, owner of Jackson Family Estates, scooped a luxury trip to Nashville that includes a private concert, for US$320,000, while a 378-bottle cellar of Sonoma Cabernet blends sold for US$520,000 to a Virginian investor.

Merry Edwards, who sold her winery to Champagne house Louis Roederer in February, offered a lot featuring a blend of her Pinots and a VIP experience with  American football team the San Francisco 49ers.

The auction festivities kicked off on Thursday night with a party in Jacuzzi Winery’s courtyard. The following night attendees headed to vintner dinners across Sonoma County, including one hosted by Barbara Banke at her private residence.

The auction, held at La Crema’s Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, was organised by Sonoma County Vintners and attended by 400.

Leave your reply

Most Recent Stories

Chris Martin stuns pub goers with impromptu performance over a pint

It's not everyday that your local pub entertainment turns out to be one of the most successful singer/songwriters of a generation. Enter, via the pub car park, Chris Martin.

10 of the oldest pubs in England

There are few things more English than going to a public house for a cellar temperature ale and a pack of scampi fries - indeed, pubs have been part of English culture for more than a millennium, and here are some of the oldest pubs in England.

Little Red Door's new cocktail list pops up at Eve Bar

The team from the Parisian bar Little Red Door has planned an exclusive takeover of London’s Eve Bar next month.

Only one third of UK hospitality businesses turning a profit, survey finds

Recent data from a survey of the UK hospitality sector has found that just 37% of businesses are currently making a profit, with the staffing crisis, rising energy costs and supply chain issues being the key factors.

Greene King launches ‘Expensable Lunches’ for Londoners

Greene King is launching lunchtime training sessions in its London-based Zone 1 pubs, to give people the chance to expense their lunch hour.

Most Recent Stories

Chris Martin stuns pub goers with impromptu performance over a pint

It's not everyday that your local pub entertainment turns out to be one of the most successful singer/songwriters of a generation. Enter, via the pub car park, Chris Martin.

10 of the oldest pubs in England

There are few things more English than going to a public house for a cellar temperature ale and a pack of scampi fries - indeed, pubs have been part of English culture for more than a millennium, and here are some of the oldest pubs in England.

Little Red Door's new cocktail list pops up at Eve Bar

The team from the Parisian bar Little Red Door has planned an exclusive takeover of London’s Eve Bar next month.

Only one third of UK hospitality businesses turning a profit, survey finds

Recent data from a survey of the UK hospitality sector has found that just 37% of businesses are currently making a profit, with the staffing crisis, rising energy costs and supply chain issues being the key factors.

Greene King launches ‘Expensable Lunches’ for Londoners

Greene King is launching lunchtime training sessions in its London-based Zone 1 pubs, to give people the chance to expense their lunch hour.