February 24th marked the 21st annual Premiere Napa Valley auction. Following somewhat in the mold of Burgundy’s famous Hospice de Beaune, it’s a wine trade event that auctions off selected bottles or barrel lots donated by Napa wineries with the proceeds going to fund the Napa Valley Vintners Association. More noteworthy than the $4.2 million raised from the 218 lots of wine was the fact that this was the first major trade event to take place in Napa Valley since massive fires tore through it and Sonoma in October, 2017. […]

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