Sometimes I think the biggest reason Bill and I bottle magnums (1.5-Liter bottles) is for fund raisers! We get a lot of pleasure from participating in quite a few: Auction Napa Valley, Triangle Wine Festival in North Carolina (Frankie Lemmon Foundation), Sun Valley Food and Wine Festival (Sun Valley Art Center), Taos Winter Wine Festival (Taos Land Trust) - and we often donate wine for lots in local school foundations, the Napa Valley Land Trust, the local Music Boosters…
Most schools, hospitals and museums have some form of auxiliary foundation that raises money to sustain them and, as you might guess, in this part of the world, wine has become an important part of the mix. In fact, wine plays a bigger and bigger role in fundraising all over the country.
Recently, online auctions have been a way for those of us lucky enough to live in wine country to open up these opportunities to a wider audience. Of course, many, many wines, some of them unique, go on the auction block, but the locals also offer up special tours, lunches and behind the scenes access to the folks who make the Napa Valley such a special place.
For Bill and me, donating wine is great, but it’s even more rewarding to be active in local non profits.
Which leads me to my motive for writing this now.
I’m the current President of the Board for the Calistoga Family Center, and it’s close to my heart. We live and work in Calistoga and it’s our local family resource center and go-to place for Calistogans to access basic social services as well as programs designed for parents and children, language acquisition and literacy programs and self sufficiency and financial success to name a few.
NV360, one of these online auctions, is a benefit for the Calistoga Family Center and is scheduled to run very soon: from March 30 - April 2. Donors have been very generous, so it presents a great opportunity for you to purchase some truly wonderful wines, Napa Valley experiences or other items – even some original art pieces - and feel extra good about it!
Dyer wines are included in two lots:
And, you'll enjoy checking out the other auction lots.
I hope these exceptional lots will inspire you to participate! Register to Bid
Of course, we won’t stop you if you prefer to donate cash.
Remember to mark your calendar for March 30th - April 2! Cheers!
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