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STRUTH! Napa Valley Winemakers’ $20m For Charity

June 20, 2015 Weird & Wacky No Comments Email Email

unnamed (29)IN his continuing search for the more weird and wondrous in this world, David Ellis says that wine buffs in California’s Napa Valley, this month paid an amazing US$15.8m (AU$20.43m) at an auction of donated wines and wine holiday packages to raise funds for local health care and education.

More than 850 people attended the annual event held in a 40m by 60m air-conditioned tent on a fairway at the Meadowood Golf Resort, taking away purchases ranging from a 12-litre bottle (called a Balthazar) of Cabernet Sauvignon for $500,000, to a 2-week visit for two to eleven of the most prestigious wine estates in Europe for $800,000, and a cruise of the Italian coast from Portofino to Cinque Terre on a private yacht ($320,000.)

The opportunity to taste some of the Napa Valley’s rarest wines with their makers fetched individual bids of a near-quarter million US dollars… and one couple paid $190,000 to take home three dozen bottles of a sought-after label Cabernet Sauvignon, the chance to have dinner on the estate where the wine was made – and with a 2005 Morgan Roadster sports car thrown-in as part of their purchase.

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Other lots included travel packages to Rome, Hong Kong and Las Vegas, Italian fashionwear and a trail-bike ride linking ten top Napa Valley wineries.

The charity auction has been held annually for 34 years by Napa Valley Vintners.

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