Tag Archive for charity

Cleavage Creek closes

Some stories you forget about five seconds after you hit “send” on the computer. Others stick in your mind for one reason or another. One that’s stayed with me is an interview I did a few years ago with Cleavage Creek Winery owner Robert “Budge” Brown. So, I was sorry to see the winery has…

Bidding in the rain

It was a wet ‘n wild afternoon at this year’s big Napa wine auction as an unseasonable _ I mean really unbelievable, are you kidding me, winter storms in June?! _ downpour pounded the event. But although umbrellas took the place of big hats it was charity that reigned as the 31-year-old event reached a…

Napa wine auction 2011

For a place with such a big reputation, the Napa Valley is a very small world. After all. Yes, I did just put that song in your head, deal with it. But to get back to my point. I’m attending Auction Napa Valley (#ANV11) this weekend and I’m amazed anew at how open the industry…

Arbor Ardor

  You’ve probably heard there’s a big event coming up Friday. It’s Arbor Day, of course. (What? You thought this was going to be about family trees of the royal variety?) I recently wrote a story on wineries that donate to various environmental causes and was struck by how many wineries with tree-related names do…

Auction Napa Valley

  Napa Valley vintners partied like it was 1989 for their annual auction this weekend, and what a swell party it was.  Black tie, evening gowns and a fancy emcee: Out. Flowered dresses, big hats and “Walk Like an Egyptian” rock group the Bangles: In. The result was $8.5 million raised for local charities, a good showing…