Auction Napa Valley 2011
Auction Napa Valley is the most successful charity wine auction in the world and to date has given nearly $100 million to scores of non-profit programs. The annual fundraiser is hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners. This year, the four-day celebration of wine, food and fundraising raised $7.3 million for local charities.
On, Friday, June 3 Auberge du Soleil was at the Barrel Auction and Marketplace at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. There were over 2,000 people in attendance to taste from 100 plus wineries offering barrel samples, 120 more pouring tastes from bottle, and dozens of restaurants dishing tastes.
Our very own Executive Chef Robert Curry was at the Barrel Auction serving petit size packages of our Amandes au Chocolat. The Amandes au Chocolat (chocolate covered almonds) is one of our newest culinary creations offered in the Auberge Marketplace (online market coming soon). Executive Pastry Chef Paul Lemieux created over 55 pounds of the chocolatey goodness to give to auction attendees.
After an afternoon at the CIA, Chef Curry and his team switched gears for a dinner party at Ma(i)sonry in Yountville. The “Friday Night in Napa Valley” bidder event was one of many intimate auction dinners hosted at wineries and vineyards all over the valley. Auberge du Soleil teamed up with Blackbird Vineyard’s proprietor Michael Polenske and president Paul Leary at Ma(i)sonry.
The evening began with a curated tour of Ma(i)sonry’s wine, art, and design gallery—which features a variety of works from 16th-century European craftsmen to contemporary artists and designers—followed by a standing reception in its sculpture garden. Guests were then escorted inside the old stone walls of Ma(i)sonry to enjoy a dinner prepared by Chef Robert Curry, paired with Blackbird Vineyards’ limited-production Pomerol-inspired wines.
Photography generously provided by Kopol Bonick Studios