The event which benefits a range of charities in the California county, brings together wine superstars, celebrity chefs and honored guests.
Over $30 million has been raised since the event’s inception
Fractional share, lease and jet card operator Flexjet will be part of the all-star line-up during The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation.
Last week honorary co-chairs Gina Gallo and Christopher Jackson unveiled the full list of one-of-a-kind auction lots available at the 2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction, presented by Visa Signature. The auction lots are an exclusive way to procure sought-after wines, private experiences, dinners with America’s top chefs, and excursions not typically available to the public. The event takes place Sept. 19-21, 2019.
A few examples include: an evening with celebrated band Lady Antebellum hosted by Christopher and Ariel Jackson of Stonestreet Estate Vineyards, a tour of Northern Italy curated by Gina Gallo and E. & J. Gallo Winery, the ultimate fan experience with San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famers and iconic vintner Merry Edwards, and a stay at Francis Ford Coppola’s private island from The Family Coppola.
The live auction will be hosted at La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard and will be the culmination of a weekend of activities taking place September 19-21. Proceeds from this event support more Sonoma County non-profit organizations than any other local fundraiser. Over $30 million has been raised since the auction’s inception, making a direct local impact on education, health and human services, the environment, and arts and culture.
“As members of this community, raising money and giving back has been important to us from the start,” said Gina Gallo, Honorary Co-Chair, of E. & J. Gallo Winery. “I’m always impressed by the unique and personal auction lots offered by Sonoma County’s wineries and growers. It’s also quite touching to see the generosity of the Sonoma County Wine Auction community and their commitment to raising funds and supporting those who truly need it. It is definitely the most fun you can have while raising money!”
“Gina and I look forward to welcoming guests to what we hope will be our most successful auction to date,” said Honorary Co-Chair Christopher Jackson of Jackson Family Wines. “In addition to the incredible auction lots, this year’s Fund-A-Need paddle raise is dedicated to helping build a Boys & Girls Club in one of the most underserved neighborhoods in Sonoma.”
Adds Jackson, “this will provide educational services, experiences, and opportunities that will have a lasting impact on the children and community for decades to come.”
The 40-lot collection that features GRAMMY-award winning musicians, luxurious travel excursions, extravagant meals prepared by world-class chefs, and rare behind-the-scenes experiences with three major Bay Area sports teams can be explored in advance at www.sonomacountywineauction.com.
Flexjet to the St. Regis Snow Polo Championship
For attendees who don’t already have a private aviation solution, need supplement lift, or just want to support a good cause and have a good time, keep your eye out for the lot from Flexjet and Senses Wines.
The two have combined to offer all-access passes to the 2019 St. Regis Snow Polo Championship in Aspen. You’ll enjoy private flights on the Flexjet from Sonoma to Aspen in an aircraft appointed with a custom-designed interior from the LXi Cabin Collection. While there, both couples will stay at The Little Nell, a 5-star, 5-diamond resort in Aspen. The winning bidder will also receive a Horse Kit valued at over $25,000 and complete access to a host of VIP events at one of the most prestigious snow polo tournaments in the world.
The Sonoma County Vintners Foundation provides support to our local community through philanthropy and charitable giving. Fundraising efforts have a direct impact in the areas of education, health, and human services, the environment and arts and culture. The signature fundraising event, Sonoma County Wine Auction has been recognized as one of Wine Spectator’s Top Charity Wine Auctions in the United States. Learn more at sonomawine.com/foundation.
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