in charitable wine auctions, the Auction Napa Valley is held
annually in (where else?) Napa Valley. Established by a group
of Napa Valley vintners in 1981, ANV has given $62 million
dollars over its first 25 years for healthcare, youth service
and low-income housing charities in Napa County. The GrapeRadio
crew received an invitation to attend this stellar event,
and we were not disappointed.
informal festivities actually began on Wednesday with an traditional 1/2
bottle lunch at Taylor's Refresher, the iconic burger purveyor
in St. Helena. We had planned poorly - bringing no wine or
stemware, but - never fear, Dean and Deluca is near, and we
were able to pick up wine and stems with no problem. Sightings?
Sure, how about Jim Laube, and we were able to chat at length
with Heidi Barrett.
headquarters for the event was a beautiful cottage in the
middle of Trefethen Vineyards. It was a great location, a
gorgeous setting, and we had a marvelous time.