Wine Celebration Auction

Each year we gather the finest wine, travel, sport and entertainment experiences, along with classic sports memorabilia and unique fashion items for our auction.

For our 17th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration we have a great assortment of travel, sports, and wine auction lots. Several of the auction lots have components of each, and future emails will be highlighting some of our top lots.

If your pleasure is travel, we have adventures like the 2016 Kentucky Derby, Aspen’s Food and Wine Classic, Italy with the famed Antinori Family, New Orleans with Emeril Lagasse, Huey Lewis Fly Fishing in Montana, or the very exclusive Bentley experience at the 2015 Concours d’elegance in Pebble Beach with your hostess Beth Nickel! Or how about spending a week on the incredibly exclusive Silver Oak Yacht!

Interested in sports? We have the Super bowl 50, Monday Night Football with Mike & Mike of ESPN at Green Bay, The Ryder Cup, US OPEN Tennis, the College National Championship, or attending the LPGA US OPEN championship as a guest of golf superstar Cristie Kerr.

We also have a very exclusive Vineyard 29 vertical: one 750ml bottle of each wine ever released and yet to be produced until 2020—that’s 29 bottles in total! Generously donated by private collectors Dr. Ron & Sheila Light.

Or enjoy an exclusive weekend at Auction Napa Valley our 2015 Vintner Grant Honorees Elaine & Rick Jones and other world-class vintners, or an exclusive French Laundry dinner with our 2001 and 2013 Vintner Grant Honorees Dick & Ann Grace at their home.

Interested in donating an item to the auction? We make it easy to participate at any level. Please contact our office at 707-963-0611 or email


NAPA VALLEY, CA, AUGUST 10, 2015 – The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered more than $10.6 million over the weekend of August 6-9 for cancer research. With an unprecedented $3 million matching grant from an anonymous donor, the total included more than $7.8 million in “fund-a-need” donations to support pediatric brain cancer research.


“There are moments in your life where you feel like everything you have done up until then leads to this one single moment,” said Julie Allegro, founder and co-chair of The V Wine Celebration. “Tonight was one of those nights. The feeling in that room – the excitement, the tears, the energy – we were all one, for a brief moment. And together, we exceeded our wildest goals and raised over $10 million, and will make a dent in finding a cure to cancer.”

This year’s V Wine Celebration gala dinner at Nickel & Nickel winery welcomed back Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski to rouse the crowd in the same way he has inspired and motivated players during his basketball coaching career. He suggested renaming The V Wine Celebration “The Winning Foundation” “because that’s what The V Foundation has done. It’s found cures. Jimmy (Valvano) was all about winning. That’s why this foundation was formed. Instead of being in his hospital room and saying, ‘I’m going to die,’ he said, ‘I’m going to win.’ “

“Everybody in this room is part of the team tonight,” he added. “Everybody will do something to help.”
The most compelling component of the auction was the fund-a-need, with more than half the guests raising their paddles to pledge donations to support research into pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of death by disease in children.

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