wine auction napa valley

© 2009 Jason Tinacci / Napa Valley VintnersThe lavish Auction Napa Valley is this weekend and I desperately wish I could be there. There are some totally over-the-top lots that will go up during the live auction on Saturday. (Why, hello, lot #12 with your five-year vertical of magnums of Shafer Hillside Select accompanied by three nights at Auberge du Soleil, dinner with the whole Shafer clan and a bonus dinner at the French Laundry!)

Since I can't be in attendance, I took a spin through the online auction which ends Friday (tomorrow) at 3 p.m. PST. There are some pretty nice lots there that I wouldn’t mind waving my virtual paddle at. How about a two-night stay at Stony Hill Vineyard and a case of the last four vintages of its stunning Chardonnay? Or why not bid on a night in a luxury tent smack dab in the middle of Duckhorn’s Merlot vineyards followed by a day working the harvest plus six magnums to take home?

Thankfully, I kept myself from placing bids in the dictated $100 increments, but if I had an extra several thousand dollars in my bank account, I might not have been so modest. Get ‘em while you can.