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NAPA VALLEY WINE AUCTION CONTINUES TRADITION OF GENEROSITY -- RAISES ASTOUNDING $7.6 MILLION FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
WINE ENTHUSIASTS GATHER IN CALIFORNIA TO SUPPORT WORLD'S LARGEST CHARITY WINE EVENT
St. Helena, CA, June 11, 2001 -- The Napa Valley Wine Auction (NVWA), now in its 21st year, again astounded wine lovers by raising an incredible $7.6 million to benefit local Napa County charities, on Saturday, June 9 at Meadowood Napa Valley.
Sponsored annually by the Napa Valley Vintners Association (NVVA), this year's Auction was chaired by wine legends Robert and Margaret Biever Mondavi, adding even more cache to an already prestigious four-day event.
The top bidder this year was Ron Kuhn, from Wheaton, Illinois. "I'm a realistic, hard-working guy. I've given back to my high school and my college and I'm thrilled to be giving back to this community," he said. Kuhn spent a total of $955,500 on a variety of auction lots, including the top lot -- $650,000 for eight 3-liter bottles of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, spanning the vintages 1992 to 1999.
Robert and Margit Biever Mondavi were enormously pleased with the results. "Twenty years later, the spirit of generosity and friendship from our bidders, vintners, artists, restaurateurs and the thousands of volunteers has grown more than twenty-fold. The NVWA has far exceeded our expectations and it has been exciting and gratifying to co-chair this year's event," they said.
"The true measure of the Auction's success is its impact on the local community. Auction 2001 continued an amazing traditon by raising millions for Napa's youth, health and housing agencies," said Margaret Duckhorn, NVVA president and vice president of Duckhorn Vineyards.
"This year we anticipate donating 95 percent of the total dollar amount raised to Napa charities," she added. "Charity events strive to donate 75 percent of total funds generated. The Napa Valley Wine Auction has historically donated 90-plus percent to local charities -- 95 percent is virtually unheard of," Duckhorn concluded.
The top bid for the barrel auction was $102,050 for Staglin Family Vineyard's 1998 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. The top private donor lot, three bottles of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, vintages 1994, 1995 and 1996, was donated by Fred and Cathy Beringer and sold for $12,000.00.
The co-chairpersons for the 2002 Wine Auction were announced at the conclusion of the event -- Robert Pecota and family of the Robert Pecota Winery in Calistoga. Next year's Auction will be held June 6-9, 2002.
The Napa Valley Vintners Association is a professional nonprofit trade organization assisting its nearly 200 member wineries with marketing, promotion and industry issues throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about the NVVA and the Napa Valley, please visit www.napavintners.com.
2001 Napa Valley Wine Auction Top Overall Lots:
Screaming Eagle - $650,000
Eight 3-liter bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Chair's Lot - $260,000
Winemaking day for six persons
Seven pieces of art
312 bottles of To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Mondavi - $260,000
Twenty 3-liter vertical of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dalla Valle Vineyards - $220,000
One 15 - liter and six 750 ml bottles
1997 "Maya" Proprietary Red Blend
Opus One - $220,000
Opus One gala dinner, dance and
vertical tasting for 20 persons
Twenty 3 - liter bottles of Opus One
Proprietary Red Blend, Vintages 1979 - 1998
Screaming Eagle, Pillar Rock, Robert Mondavi - $170,000
Three 3-liter bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon, one from each
producer, including lunch and dinner with vintners
Viader - $170,000
Dinner party for 20 persons
24 magnums, six each from the 1994,
1995, 1996 and 1997 vintages
Harlan Estate - $160,000
One 9-liter 1997 Cabernet Blend
Colgin Cellars - $150,000
One 3-liter 1995 Herb Lamb Vineyard
2001 Napa Valley Wine Auction Top Overall Lots, continued:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards - $130,000
Two 3-liter bottles of 1978 and 9185
Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon;
One 3-liter bottle of 1978 Eisele Vineyard
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon;
Seven 3-liter bottles of Insignia Proprietary
Red Blend, vintages 1974, '76, '77, '86, '91, '94 and '97
Shafer Vineyards - $130,000
Vertical tasting and lunch for six persons;
six 3-liter bottles of Hillside Select Cabernet
Sauvignon, vintages 1992-1997;
six 750ml bottles of Hillside Select Cabernet
Sauvignon, vintage 1997
2001 Top Three Barrel Lots:
Staglin Family Vineyards - $102,050
Total 10-1 case lots
Pillar Rock Vineyard - $82,700
Total, 10-1 case lots
Shafer Vineyards - $66,100
Total, 10-1 case lots
2001 Top Twelve Bidders:
1. Ron Kuhn, Wheaton, IL
2. David Doyle, Irvine, CA
3. Burt Adams, Morgan City, LA
4. Ona Roth, Santa Barbara, CA
5. Gary Rieschel, Los Gatos, CA
6. Chuck McMinn, Los Altos Hills, CA
7. Paul Mockapetris, Los Altos, CA
8. A. Raymond Tye, Boston, MA
9. Dee Lincoln, Plano, TX
10. M.K. Koo, Vancouver, BC
11. Luke Evnin, San Francisco, CA
12. Gerret Copeland, Wilmington, DE
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