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Sonoma County Vintners Debut Barrel Auction

The Sonoma County Vintners hosted their inaugural barrel auction on Friday, May 1 at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, California. The trade-only auction of 71 wine lots generated $461,700 in revenue during two hours of robust bidding.

Pinot Noir was the prevalent variety representing slightly less than 50 percent of auction lots, with Cabernet Sauvignon coming in second at 20 percent.  Various red blends and other stand alone varieties comprised approximately 30 percent (Zinfandel contributed 8%), including two Chardonnays and one white blend. In all, over 21 grape varieties were represented in the various lots including the relatively rare Teroldego, Sauvignon Musqué, Tannat, Lenoir, Mataro, and Alicante Bouschet.

Participating vintners contributed unique wines, created exclusively for the auction, in lots of 5 to 20 cases.  The wines represented 14 of Sonoma’s 17 AVAs.

Two lots tied for highest bid: a three-winery collaboration from Joseph Swan Vineyards, Kosta Browne Winery, and Williams Selyem Winery entitled “The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost” (a Russian River Valley Swan Selection Pinot Noir); and Williams Selyem’s Reverence (a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir). Each lot raised $24,000.

Other top earning lots included Kinsella Estates; Martinelli Winery; Patz & Hall; Balletto Vineyards; Paul Hobbs Winery; Pride Mountain Vineyards; Seghesio Family Vineyards; Francis Ford Coppola Winery; and a collaborative lot from the West Sonoma Coast Vintners, including Ceritas, Failla, Freeman, Joseph Phelps, Littorai, Peay and Red Car.

Highest bidders included Robert Merrifield of Polo Grill (Tulsa, OK); The Wine House (Los Angeles, CA); Wine Spectrum (Santa Rosa, CA); Hi-Time Wine Cellars (Costa Mesa, CA); and WINE.COM (San Francisco).

The Sonoma County Barrel Auction is opened to members of the licensed wine trade (such as retailers, restaurateurs, importers and distributors) who will make these highly-collectible wines, purchased at the Auction, available to their customers under the Sonoma County Barrel Auction wine label.

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness and building understanding of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 250 wineries and affiliates of all sizes throughout the county. Please visit: http://www.SonomaWine.com for additional information.