March 24, 1981: On this day, the Napa Valley Vintners Auction started. It is both the biggest and most well-known charity wine auction in the country. The Napa Valley Vintners Association, a trade group of Napa Valley vintners dedicated to promoting viticulture and selling the best of Napa Valley wines worldwide, first staged the auction in 1981. It is held each June at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena. A bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 1992 from the Screaming Eagle winery was sold at the Napa Valley Auction in 2000 for a record-breaking $500,000—a price that has not been surpassed since. In the most recent auction, which took place in June of last year, charitable donations totaled $18.7 million, breaking the previous record of $16.6 million. The funds were donated to youth organizations and healthcare providers.
March 24, 2022: On this day, Jordan Vineyard & Winery held its 50th anniversary for its existence and progressive growth in the production of wine. The winery also celebrated the ten-year anniversary for its John Jordan Foundation. Jordan sponsored a multi-day culinary series called Social Influence Summer. The goal of the series was to expand a charitable impact to organizations that most need assistance.
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