After a year of COVID, the notion of an online auction barely elicits a shrug. At this point, the actual lots in the auction are of more interest than the digital format. And, for lovers of California wine, some real gems landed on the block this week.
Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), partnered with industry stalwarts Zachy’s, kicked off the annual Napa Valley Library Wine Auction this week.
The collection of lots represents some of the region’s most coveted bottles. For example, lots include an insane vertical of Charles Krug beginning in 1964, a set of five, six-litre ‘imperials’ from Opus One, and three magnums of Screaming Eagle.
“The assemblage of wines going to auction is an amazing opportunity for wine collectors to invest in rare and valuable wines coming out of America’s most prestigious wine region,” observed Jeff Zacharia, president of Zachys in a statement.
In total, the catalogue offers hundreds of bottles spread over 96 lots. Traditional Advance online bidding opened on Thursday and will continue until February 20. At that point, Zachy’s will stream a live round of bidding (at 3pm PST) top close out the affair.
The official description also noted, “All proceeds from the Napa Valley Library Wine Auction benefit programs to promote, protect and enhance Napa Valley.”
More details can be found on the auction page here.