Wine – Online wine auction for charity

For you folks down in the bay area (or who are just looking to buy some wine online), there’s a pretty posh auction going on this weekend for the Young School in St. Helena. The list of wines is pretty intense. Check out the catalogue (PDF). I received the following from Julie Ann Kodmur, who also handles media communications for ZAP:

Greetings from a small school in the Napa Valley. We wanted you to know about some amazing wines (and more) being offered as auction lots at The Young School’s annual fundraiser on March 17.

You don’t need to come to Quintessa Winery in the Napa Valley that night to bid on these items…the catalogue and a proxy bidding form are available at The form needs to be faxed by noon on March 17.

Wines include Araujo, Alpha Omega, Atlas Peak, Bell, Beringer, Bond, Bressler, Chappellet, Chateau Montelena, Clark-Claudon, Corison, Clos Pegase, Darioush, Dunn, Dalla Valle, Drinkward Peschon, Destiny Bay, D-Cubed, Elyse, Ehlers, Robert Foley, Failla, Grgich Hills, Hanzell, Harlan, Hall, Heitz, Judd’s Hill, Kongsgaard, Charles Krug, Laird, Lail, Minor, Martin Estate, Melka, Louis Martini, Mt. Veeder, Neyers, Robert Pecota, Joseph Phelps, Patz & Hall, Quixote, Rubicon, Ruston, Saintsbury, Spencer Roloson, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Sullivan, Swanson, V. Sattui, Sequum, Robert Sinskey, Six Sigma, Staglin, Sloan, Silver Oak, Shafer, Trefethen, Vineyard 29 and ZD.

There are also collections of wine from 19 Napa Valley women winemakers (including Pahlmeyer, Crocker & Starr, Frog’s Leap, Honig, Long Meadow Ranch, Selene, Spottswoode, Viader), the Howell Mountain appellation (Duckhorn, Lamborn, O’Shaughnessy, Outpost, Retro Cellars, Spence, St. Clement, Summit Lake), from the Spring Mountain appellation (Cain, Fife, Pride, Smith-Madrone, Terra Valentine, Stony Hill), from the Diamond Mountain growing region (Diamond Creek, Von Strasser). Many of these are wines you literally cannot buy—one example also is the magnum of 2003 Barney’s Vineyard Petite Sirah made by Turley which is from the Napa Valley Wine Library’s vineyard in St. Helena.

Then we are also offering a number of ‘event’ lots which are also literally ‘priceless,’ including meals with wine authorities James Laube, Gerald Asher, Ronn Wiegand; a tour of San Francisco’s City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom, a morning with Fritz Maytag (touring Anchor Steam Brewery & Distillery & York Creek Vineyards and lunch). You can blend wine at Quintessa, cook at Cakebread, enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July at Louis Martini and enjoy dinner at French Laundry, La Toque, Greystone Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, ad hoc, Bouchon, Go Fish, Market and an abalone dinner prepared by a Young School teacher. There are hotel stays at Meadowood, Auberge du Soleil and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and much much more!

If you would like to come, Forever Young: The 8th Annual Young School Benefit will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at The Winery at Quintessa (1601 Silverado Trail) in Rutherford, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The evening will consist of walk-around wine and food stations as a backdrop to an auction of one-of-a-kind wines and entertainment packages. If you are able to come, there are still tickets available (at $75.00 per person—details again at

The beneficiary is….The Young School. Founded in 1991 by JoAnn Bell, The Young School is a private non-profit non-denominational Montessori-derived program for children ages 6 through 12 years old/first-sixth grades in St. Helena.

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