It's time once again for Napa's annual big wine auction, Auction Napa Valley
. Last year's auction brought in over $10 million
with items like a walk-on part in Desperate Housewives and a chance to purchase the final collaboration of the Mondavi brothers. This year's main event is scheduled for June 3 but for the first time, you don't have to be there to take part in the fun. There are a variety of lots online. Want five liters of the 2003 Amuse Bouche? How about a package from Larry Bird and Mitch Cosentino that includes autographed bottles of their Legends Meritage Red, a signed Larry Bird basketball and tickets to an Indiana Pacers game? There are all sorts of lots for wine lovers whether you are looking to increase your cellar or experience life as a winemaker for the day.
Of course if you bid online you miss out on one fabulous party hosted by the one-and-only Ryan Seacrest as well as the more blockbuster lots which tie together wine with events like a private concert from Alan Parsons, being read to by Isabel Allende or a walk-on part in the Geena Davis show "Commander In Chief." The full weekend package which starts Thursday with a hospitality event and includes the Friday auction and festival, the Saturday Good Morning Napa event, all of Saturday night's events and the Sunday open houses at wineries throughout the area as well as a catalog and bidding paddle. The package costs $7,500.
[via Napa Valley Register