Beckmen Vineyards was proud to be a returning sponsor of the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation’s 2016 Santa Barbara Wine Auction, held at the stunning Bacara Resort & Spa on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
Although the final number has not yet been tallied, the Auction surpassed the previous record of $1.1 million raised in 2014 for Direct Relief, an internationally acclaimed humanitarian aid organization located in Goleta, CA. Direct Relief will be able to leverage this year’s donation into more than $30 million in medical aid to 70 countries around the world, focusing on maternal and child health, the prevention and treatment of disease, and emergency preparedness and response.
About the Santa Barbara Wine Auction
Created in 2000, the Santa Barbara Wine Auction was developed by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation to raise money for people across the world to have access to life-saving medical aid. More than $4 million has been raised since the event began, which Direct Relief has leveraged into almost $100 million.
During the evening, attendees are able to bid on silent and live auction items related to wine, food, travel, and leisure, and enjoy a three course meal prepared by a celebrity chef and paired with award winning Santa Barbara County wines.
Among the talented Santa Barbara County winemakers, winegrowers, and wine aficionados were the emcee of the evening, Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s reality show “The Bachelor”, and guest chef Michael Mina, creator of the Michael Mina Restaurant Group and James Beard Award recipient. Other celebrities in attendance included the Golden Globe winning actress Jane Lynch and reality TV star Andrew Firestone.
Honorees of the 2016 Santa Barbara Wine Auction included Sanford & Benedict Vineyard co-founders Richard and Thekla Sanford and Michael Benedict, who received the Pioneer Award, and Bob and Louisa Lindquist, who received the Vintners of the Year Award.
Beckmen’s Live Auction Contribution
Beckmen joined together with Qupé – a winery specializing in Rhône-style wines from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria, the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in Edna Valley, and the Ibarra-Young Vineyard in Los Olivos – to create a special live auction item, “Blend your Own Barrel with Qupé & Beckmen”.
The lucky winner will create a barrel of a biodynamic wine blend of Syrah or Grenache with Steve Beckmen, winemaker for Beckmen Vineyards, and Bob Lindquist, winemaker for Qupé, totaling 22 cases (or 264 bottles) of wine. The winner will also receive a legendary lunch from the Au Bön Climat / Qupé kitchen and a Santa Maria-style feast at the famous Hitching Post II.
With attendees raising their auction paddles left and right, the bid escalated quickly, ending at a remarkable $20,000. At this point, both winemakers decided to double the auction item for a grand total of $40,000.
Other notable live auction items included a private party for 40 at Alma Rosa Winery and Industrial Eats, a 14 day luxury South African trip for two, a dinner party for 25 guests at Rancho La Cuna prepared by renowned Chef Michael Mina, and a two day trip to New York City to attend the 31st annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.