The 20th Annual Napa Valley Wine Auction — "Kaleidoscope 2000"

WORLD'S LARGEST CHARITY WINE EVENT SET FOR JUNE 1-4, 2000

20th Annual Napa Valley Wine Auction, Kaleidoscope 2000,
Chaired by Pine Ridge Winery's Nancy Andrus

January 28, 2000, St. Helena, California - The Napa Valley Vintners Association announced today that the 20th Annual Napa Valley Wine Auction will be held at Meadowood Napa Valley June 1-4, 2000. Auction Chair Nancy Andrus, Co-founder and Executive VP of Marketing at Pine Ridge Winery, has selected the "Kaleidoscope 2000" theme to reflect the unique role glass has played in winemaking.

"To honor the two-thousand-year impact and shared legacy of glass and wine, "Kaleidoscope 2000" celebrates our turning to the future through the medium of glass. Just as the ever-changing patterns emerge when glass crystals twist, tumble and swirl in a kaleidoscope, so do our grapes evolve in the infinite expression of wine," Andrus says.

Formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and the Napa Valley Wine Auction, Andrus also has served as president of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association. She also assisted in creating "Lust for Life," a group of women vintners who climb the world's most formidable mountains to raise funds for the Elaine Mackie Charitable Trust in honor of breast cancer awareness.

In this year 2000, the 20th annual Napa Valley Wine Auction celebrates the distribution of $20 million, contributed collectively in as many years, to local non-profit health care, housing and youth development organizations in Napa County. Now the world's largest and most successful wine charity event, the Auction attracts about 1800 attendees from throughout the world and is annually supported by more than 1000 community volunteers.

Opening day festivities, June 1, at Silverado Vineyards include a preview look at the 160 spectacular Live Auction Lots, the traditional Barrel Tasting of some of Napa Valley's finest works in progress, the Private Donor Auction and the beginning of one of the Auction's hottest events, the highly competitive Barrel Lot Auction - all accompanied by the Marketplace Tasting of Napa Valley wine country's bounty of epicurean delights.

Privately hosted winery events with star chefs, music and entertainment on Thursday night and during the day on Friday culminate with the Vintners' Gala Black-Tie Dinner on Friday night. Under the big tent, Napa Valley Celebrity Chef Holly Peterson Mondavi will create an elegant feast befitting the colorful and exciting "Kaleidoscope 2000." Unwind on the dance floor after dinner to the retro music of Dick Bright's SRO.

Auction Day, Saturday, June 3, will bring the Pride of Napa Valley Feast, showcasing the signature dishes of Napa Valley's top restaurants. And at 12 noon, the Auction begins under the auspices of respected Auction house, Christie's. Nearly 160 unique wine lots - plus a limited number of special event lots offered by the Napa Valley Vintners' Association - will re-create the fevered pitch of bidding that has become legendary at the Napa Valley Wine Auction.

Following the Auction, bidders and guests will proceed to a festive al fresco dinner before gearing up to the hot sounds of Big City Revue. A special feature of the "Kaleidoscope 2000" celebration includes a series of blown glass sculptures by internationally renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. And the theme for this year's Auction has been captured by Chihuly in the "Kaleidoscope 2000" poster design.

Chihuly will install works, created exclusively for the Auction, at Meadowood Napa Valley during the four-day period of the Auction. In recognition of the importance of this very important artistic celebration, the Napa Valley Wine Auction has additionally arranged for four major installations to be placed throughout Napa Valley for public viewing, at no charge, throughout the Summer of 2000. From June 1 through September 4, individual installations will reside at Clos Pegase, Niebaum-Coppola Estate Vineyards & Winery, Pine Ridge Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery. The Napa Valley Museum will host an exhibition of Chihuly's smaller works and will be the host venue for the "Kaleidoscope 2000" community art exhibit.

America's first designated National Living Treasure, Chihuly's work is found in the finest museums around the world. He also has created massive outdoor installations in Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Ireland and Finland.

The Napa Valley Wine Auction is sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners Association, a non-profit, professional trade organization representing 167 Napa Valley wineries. The complete Auction package is $2,000 per couple. A limited number of day passes are available. For more information or to request an Auction invitation package, please phone 800.982.1371 and press 4 on your touch-tone phone.

Contact: Monty Sander or Tom Fuller
707.253.8503 or 707.253.0868
monsan@aol.com or tafuller@pacbell.net

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