Animal rescue

Wineapawlooza auction raises $2.2 million for animal rescue

Star winemakers and celebrity guests gathered for the ninth annual Wineapawlooza Charity Wine Auction on June 25, raising more than $2.2 million for Napa’s Jameson Humane. The total is a steep increase from last year’s virtual auction results of $1.4 million and a new high total for the event.

The live auction, which raised $1.75 million, was held in person at Beckstoffer Farm Center in Napa Valley. Auctioneer Fritz Hatton and wine merchant Vanessa Conlin co-hosted the event, along with celebrity guest Christie Brinkley, which helped bring together 325 enthusiastic guests. The plant-based menu was provided by Kyle and Katina Connaughton of wine spectator Excellence Award Winner, Little Saint.

“I’m thrilled we’re back in person for Wineapawlooza 2022,” Conlin said. wine spectator. “Having Christie Brinkley lend her star power and participate in Wineapawlooza really shows us that Jameson’s great work is being noticed.” Jameson Humane, until recently known as Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, is a Napa-based nonprofit organization working to improve animal welfare.

Notable lots from the live auction were donated by winemaker Tor Kenward, who also attended the event and presented Napa legend Andy Beckstoffer and his wife, Betty, with a Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement Award. Kenward’s 10 cases of 2021 Tor Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $200,000.

“Tor and [his wife] Susan is big Jameson supporters and wanted to do something special this year,” said Wineapawlooza and Jameson Co-Founder and Co-Chair Monica Stevens. “Beckstoffer To Kalon was never offered to Wineapawlooza, and Tor offered to take a share of his barrel for the auction.

Other top lots included 25 cases of 2022 Cabernet from Phelan Vineyard, which sold twice for a total of $160,000. A two-night stay in Healdsburg hosted by winemaker Jesse Katz sold out twice for a total of $140,000. The bundle also includes private tastings at Katz’s Aperture Cellars and The Setting, as well as Vérité. Whiskey also caused a stir, with a bundle including a two-night stay at the Kentucky Chateau, a luxury estate in Versailles, Kentucky, and a rare Pappy Van Winkle bottling tasting selling twice for a total of $170,000.

“Our grounds continue to get more and more impressive and in-person events are irreplaceable,” Stevens said. She added that what brings her the most satisfaction is “the belief and trust that our winemakers, our donors and our community have in our mission”.

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