June 11, 2012
In its sixth year of participation in Auction Napa Valley, Blackbird Vineyards collectively raised $142,450 with its Live, Barrel and E-Auction lots, contributing to the Auction’s $8 million plus total. Auction Napa Valley, now in its 32nd year, surpassed $100 million dollars in charitable giving last year. The auction’s final tally of over $8 million this year will benefit healthcare, youth services, and affordable housing non-profits in Napa County.
Blackbird Vineyards participated in every aspect of the auction, donating a spectacular live lot in partnership with Lexington Cancer Foundation, which garnered a winning bid of $120,000, as well as a 2010 vintage barrel lot that sold for up to $1,895 per case ($158 per bottle and 26% over the winery’s retail bottle price). The E-Auction lot went for $3,500 and included a bottle of Blackbird’s flagship wine, Illustration, in addition to a wine tasting at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, and overnight accommodations at Solage Calistoga in Napa Valley and Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco.
Blackbird Vineyards’ Live Lot #11 included a Horizontal Collection—a three-year, hand-etched, 6L collection of 2009 Illustration, 2009 Paramour, and 2009 Contrarian Proprietary Red Wine signed by winemaker Aaron Pott, an all- access “Kentucky Derby Experience” to the horse race that has been stamped the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” as well as a Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley dining experience with accommodations at Bardessono Napa Valley for six persons.
Blackbird has collectively raised over $950,000 for Auction Napa Valley. Past lot donations have included a rare opportunity to contribute to Robb Report’s Car of The Year issue, attend the Cannes Film Festival with hosts CHOPARD, and the CHANEL couture fashion show in Paris with private air from XOJET.