As we head into the holiday season, we recognize that we all have a lot to be thankful for. So why not sip for a cause and bid on a bottle at a charity wine auction? While attending a charity auction is often pretty expensive, it’s also an experience of a lifetime; some of these live charity events now have e-auctions that are accessible to everyone. So mark your calendars, lift a glass, and where appropriate, book your flights, and raise a real or digital paddle at one of these charity wine events next year!
Naples Winter Wine Festival: Naples, Florida--January 24-26, 2014
Continually ranked by Wine Spectator magazine as the biggest charity wine auction in the country, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is truly an event not to be missed. The proceeds benefit various local children’s organizations, and have raised over $110 million since 2001.
Classic Wines Auction: Portland, Oregon--March 1, 2014
Experience the best of Northwest wine at Portland’s Classic Wines Auction. The organization hosts dozens of winemaker’s dinners in November and February, but the big night is Saturday March 1. Enjoy a delicious gourmet meal paired with top-tier wines while raising money for a variety of causes that support children and families in Oregon.
High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction: Atlanta, Georgia--March 26-29, 2014
For patrons of the arts, this is the event for you. A fundraiser for the High Museum, there are plenty of bottles to bid on, but you can even win one of the many wine-themed works of art.
Auction Napa Valley: Napa, California--June 7, 2014
As California’s premier charity wine event, Auction Napa Valley is the event of the season. At the barrel auction, enjoy a glass of cab taken right from the barrel. The live auction is a spectacle to behold, but you can also participate by casting a bid online via the annual e-auction. Proceeds go toward local Napa Valley health, education, and housing projects.
L’Été du Vin: Nashville, Tennessee--July 17-20, 2014
Support the American Cancer Society, and get your groove on at Music City’s “Summer of Wine.” The weekend of dinners, vintners’ tastings, and movie screenings culminates Saturday with a live auction. Previous lots range from elegant evenings at Nashville’s finest restaurants to Italian villa dream trips for twenty, stocked wine cellar included of course.
What charity wine auctions will you be attending this year? Share with us below!
Photo Credit: Auction Napa Valley.