The countdown is on: tickets for Auction Napa Valley officially go on sale in 10 days. Registration opens on Wednesday, March 31 at 8 a.m. PST for the hautest annual event in Napa Valley. With this year’s line-up of events garnering quite a bit of attention amidst the jet-set, the powers that be at Napa Valley Vintners are recommending you don’t wait to get your tickets, lest you be wait-listed for your preferred events.
There are three different options available for the weekend. We recommend the four-day ticket package, which includes access to a “Welcome to Napa Valley” vintner-hosted dinner party on Thursday evening; access to “Taste Napa Valley” at Rubicon on Friday day; “Friday Night in Napa Valley” vintner-hosted dinner party; Saturday’s Live Auction and post-auction celebration; and the Sunday Farewell celebration. The package runs for $2,500 per person, but it is the only option that includes the vintner dinner party on Friday and the live auction on Saturday, which is certainly the highlight of the weekend. The Three-Day Package ($1,000 per person) includes the Thursday welcome party, Taste Napa Valley on Friday, and the farewell celebration on Sunday. Tickets to Taste Napa Valley alone will run for $250.
Some of the highlights of the weekend include a dinner at BOND on Thursday evening, hosted by Bill and Deborah Harlan. Considering that the winery is not open to the public and there is a waiting list to get your hands on a bottle, this would be our top choice for Thursday’s fete. Or you could opt for Bocce Ball and BBQ at Celani Family Vineyards, indulge in a chef’s table with Gary Danko at Darioush, or celebrate sustainable cuisine at HALL Rutherford. Check out the Napa Valley Vintner’s site for the entire schedule, and ready my guide to last year’s Auction Napa Valley (titled “36 Hours in Napa Valley”) to get in the mood for what is considered the best weekend of the year in these parts.