Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Grower’s Association holds a grand wine auction every year to support local grape growers and wine makers. Last year the auction was held at Nestldown off Summit road, which if you have ever been lucky enough to explore, is one of the most beautiful sights in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range for events. This year the auction will be held at Roaring Camp which is nice and convenient for us San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley residents.
The auction will be similar to last year’s: lots of gourmet food tables, lots of auctioning, and lots and lots of wine tasting. Wine auctions are not typically quite like other auctions, at least not the ones I’ve been to. They are made to be fun and there is not a lot of pressure to bid. It is an event with the objective of supporting local business, while providing a forum for local wineries to display their best wines.
The event will start off with a silent auction, while guests are allowed time to sample wines from the many local wineries attending and try foods from supporting caterers and restaurants. Usually there are a variety of tables set-up, some with silent auction items, some with platters of different foods, and many with local wine tastings. The big items will usually be presented at the main auction, but there are many rare and exciting things in the silent auction too. Last year I got a magnum of 1979 Roudon-Smith Zinfandel for $90 (Cheers Annette!), which I am, of course, thrilled about. I plan on drinking it in 2009; it will be 30 years in the making!
The main auction begins after the silent auction items close. There are usually a variety of items available from lots of bottles to vacations to magnums and extra large bottles. These live auction items are the cream of the crop and even if you aren’t interested in bidding on them it is quite a lot of fun to see how much they go for and what’s available. Overall, wine auctions, especially our local Santa Cruz Auction, are enjoyable and worth the entrance fee. I always make a point of attending, as well as donating a wine tour to the Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Grower’s Association. Hope to see you there, Cheers!