See how the other half lives: Sonoma Valley wine auction rakes in $511k

on 07/09/10 at 4:26 am


BETH SCHLANKER/The Press Democrat The ladies of Magnum Force react when the bidding for their lot of 58 magnum wine bottles reaches $58,000 during the 18th annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Cline Cellars on Sunday. Vintners agreed to duplicate the lot for the top two bidders.

If you consider auctions a barometer of the economy, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction showed signs of an economic upturn, raising $511,000 on Sunday, up from last year’s take of $330,000.

“We’re building each year,” said Honore Comfort, executive director of Sonoma County Vintners, one of the organizations behind the auction. “We knew going in with this economy it was going to be challenging.”

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