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Wine Spectator: Auction Napa Valley Turns The Page

November 24, 2020

Auction Napa Valley, which for nearly 40 years featured auctioneers paddling down lots of high-priced wines under the big white tent at Meadowood Resort, will not be returning in its traditional form when it resumes following the pandemic.

Last week the board of directors of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association, which oversees the auction, announced that the 2021 event was canceled amid the Covid-19 pandemic (the 2020 auction, scheduled for the first week of June, was also canceled for the same reason). Instead, they will spend the next year thinking up a new format for what had once been the nation’s premier charity wine auction.

NVV chairman Robin Baggett told Wine Spectator that the shift had been in the works for some time. “I don’t think there was really a tipping point,” she said. “As we [realized] Covid wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, we had to make a call. It was hardly a discussion; it was a fait accompli. We had 40 years and a lot of success. We’ve been thinking of doing something new, and this will give us time to do it.” Wine Spectator has the full story.—Kim Marcus

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