Sonoma County Barrel Auction is a Success (VIDEO)


A Half Million More Reasons to Love Sonoma County Wine

Jean-Charles Boisset & Monique Soltani Photo Credit: George Rose

Jean-Charles Boisset & Monique Soltani
Photo Credit: George Rose

The Sonoma County wine world is likely still celebrating (probably with a bottle of Russian River Pinot Noir) after last week’s wildly successful Sonoma County Barrel Auction. Wine country heavy weights were on hand for the inaugural event, which showcased 71 barrel lots from 14 of Sonoma County’s 17 appellations.

Similar to Premiere Napa Valley, Sonoma County Vintner’s produced as Corey Beck, president of the Sonoma County Vintners and Francis Ford Coppola Winery, put it “some kick ass wines.” After a walk around tasting, retailers got a chance to bid on the “kick ass” one-of-a-kind wines. More than 250 top trade and media guests watched as the final gavel went down and the event earned a grand total of $461,700 in less than two hours.

The 71 lots of wine created for and sold exclusively at the inaugural barrel auction are some of Sonoma County’s rarest; produced in quantities as small as five cases. Each never before, never again wine was crafted to showcase the region’s highest quality and to uniquely express the story of Sonoma County’s diverse grape growing and winemaking styles. Selections included unique single vineyard bottlings, specific clonal selections, blends, wines aged using special barrel regimes and joint lot wines produced by collaborating wineries.

Carolyn Stark, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Vintners

“We are grateful for the generosity of our friends in the trade and thrilled to have Sonoma County recognized as a world-class growing region. The results of this first ever trade auction demonstrate the value of our beautiful wines and we look forward to welcoming our trade guests at next year’s event scheduled for Friday, April 29, 2016.”

Two lots tied for the highest bid, each selling for $24,000. The first was purchased by Glen Knight of The Wine House (Los Angeles, CA) and is a barrel collaboration between Joseph Swan Vineyards, Kosta Browne Winery, and Williams Selyem Winery of Russian River Valley Swan Selection Pinot Noir named “The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost.”

If the name Glen Knight sounds familiar its because Knight is the same buyer who paid $260,000 for 2012 Scarecrow lot “Toto’s Opium Dream: Scene III” at the The Napa Valley Vintners’ 18th annual Premiere Napa Valley.

The second lot, Williams Selyem Reverence (shown in the video above), incorporated seven different heritage clones from 10 of the most prestigious vineyards in the Russian River Valley and was purchased by Drew Goodgame of Porthos Wine Ventures (Sausalito, CA).

Other top earning lots at the auction included Kinsella Estates; Martinelli Winery; a collaboration between West Sonoma Coast Vintners, including Ceritas, Failla, Freeman, Joseph Phelps, Littorai, Peay and Red Car; Patz & Hall; Balletto Vineyards; Paul Hobbs Winery; Pride Mountain Vineyards; Seghesio Family Vineyards; and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.  The highest bid for a white wine at the auction was received by Ramey Wine Cellars.

About Sonoma County Vintners
Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness and building understanding of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 250 wineries and affiliates of all sizes throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at

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