ST. HELENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic, the country’s first and most celebrated charity wine auction hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), will take place this year from May 30 to June 2, 2013. A variety of ticket options from “The Complete Auction Experience” to “A Perfect Day in Napa Valley” and “Friday at the Auction” are available this year, providing a kaleidoscope of ways in which hopeful Auction-goers can be part of the party that transforms extraordinary wines, foods of the gods, and the panoramic beauty of Napa Valley into the well-being of the Napa Valley community.
Auction Napa Valley 2013’s honorary chairs are the Staglin family of Staglin Family Vineyard.
“Marvels and miracles will abound at this year’s Auction Napa Valley celebration,” notes Garen Staglin. “The marvels include the amazing experiences, one-of a-kind auction lots, and over-the-top hospitality that our guests enjoy. The miracles are what we create as a result of Auction Napa Valley for those in our community who need our help.”
Highlights for this year's May 30-June 2 Auction weekend include:
Friday - Napa Valley Barrel Auction (May 31): drawing nearly 2,000 attendees including bidders, chefs, vintners and media from across the US, as well as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Canada and the UK, this walk-around tasting features hundreds of yet-to-be-released Napa Valley wines and dozens of dishes from local chefs. This year's Barrel Auction will be held for the first time at the entertaining and eclectic Raymond Vineyards, in St. Helena.
Saturday - Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood Napa Valley (June 1): the centerpiece of the weekend, with 800 guests including bidders, vintners, and media--it's one of the most exciting parties in the wine world with 40 take-your-breath-away offerings of “Firsts, Favorites and Far Away Places” that include Napa Valley wine, cellar collections, and wine experiences with NVV member vintners.
Culinary Superstars: the June 1 festivities at Meadowood Napa Valley will be far ranging in style, with a lively lunch created by a rare collaboration of eight Bravo Top Chefs and a refined country-style dinner by Chef Joseph Lenn of the acclaimed Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Vintner-Hosted Welcome and Hosted Dinner Parties: a perennial favorite of the Auction weekend is the selection of Thursday (May 30) and Friday (May 31) private dinners hosted by the vintners at their homes or wineries from Carneros to Calistoga. These festive, intimate gatherings offer an incredible opportunity to enjoy great food, library-selection wines, and a memorable evening with a Napa Valley vintner.
E-Auction: for those who cannot make it to Napa Valley for the Auction, and even those who do, the online E-Auction provides a chance to bid on more than 150 lots of rare wines and unique Napa Valley experiences--all from any computer or mobile device, from anywhere in the world.
Auction Napa Valley 2013: May 30-June 2, 2013
Tickets now on sale. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.AuctionNapaValley.org
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, 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 www.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 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 www.napavintners.com.