HAUTE EVENT EVENTS
Auctioneer John Curley, SCV Executive Director Mike Haney, SCV Managing Director of Auctions Dana Macaulay, and Emcee Liam Mayclem
Auctioneer John Curley energizes SoCoBA wine trade
SONOMA COUNTY BARREL AUCTION RAISES OVER $445K Proceeds will support efforts to grow the Sonoma wine brand around the world.
Congressman Mike Thompson with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Ramey and Congressman Jared Huffman
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his year’s Sonoma County Barrel Auction (SoCoBA) raised more than $445,000 to support the Sonoma County Vintners’ (SCV) efforts to boost the region’s wine community. Held on May 6 at MacMurray Estate Vineyards near Santa Rosa, bidders competed for some of the world’s rarest wines. As always, the bidding was quite spirited, with the largest bids coming in for Silver Oak’s The Big 4 Cabernet Sauvignon at $30,000; Williams Selyem’s 2021 Neighborhoods Pinot Noir at $27,000; and Kosta Browne’s Pacific Cuvée Pinot Noir at $18,500.
In addition to the auction, SCV honored several icons and innovators. Audrey Sterling, who cofounded Iron Horse, was recognized as an icon. Randy Ullom, winemaster and senior vice president at KendallJackson, was recognized as an icon for being a pioneer in the California Chardonnay movement. The Benziger family were named as innovators for their early adoption of certified biodynamic, organic, and sustainable farming methods. 88 The bidding was fast and fierce at the Sonoma County Barrel Auction in May.
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Honoring the Icons