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Napa Valley, California


The Auctioneer wine is a tribute to Michael Broadbent, the auctioneer. In 1966, Michael Broadbent joined Christie’s to set up their first wine department. Though James Christie auctioned Madeira wine at his very first Christie’s auction in 1776, there had never been an auction devoted only to wine, let alone a wine department. Thus, the first wine auction devoted to wine was in 1966. Michael was Head of the Christie’s Wine Department from 1966 – 1992. Director of Christie’s International from 1967 – 2007 and their Senior Wine Consultant until his death in 2020. He established Christie’s wine auctions in the USA and pioneered wine auctions all around the world, from Australia, to Asia, to Europe. As the Christie’s wine auctioneer, he accepted invitations to develop other wine auctions, notably the Heublein Wine Auctions in the 1970s in the United States which was the catalyst for many of the great American wine collections and saw the birth of the passionate collectors. Michael co-founded the Napa Valley Wine Auction with Robert Mondavi. He presided over the first 10 Napa Valley Wine Auctions, returning for the 15th and 20th, after which it was re-named Auction Napa Valley and always presided over by a Christie’s auctioneer. His son Bartholomew assisted at the rostrum of all the same Napa Valley Auctions as his father. Michael Broadbent was an enormous fan of the Napa Valley’s early wines. The Auctioneer strives to bring back elegance, restraint, sophistication and harmony. The Auctioneer is made to the style which made Napa Valley famous and appreciated by connoisseurs all over the world. It is elegant. It has a restrained alcohol. It is balanced. It is food friendly. It has acidity. It is definitely not over-extracted, not over-intense, not over-alcoholic, not over-ripe, not obvious. The Auctioneer wine is a wine which Bartholomew Broadbent has insisted be made to possess the charm and quality which would have made his father, Michael Broadbent,...

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The Broadbent name has been synonymous with fine wine for more than six decades, beginning with the renowned career of British wine writer, auctioneer and Master of Wine, Michael Broadbent, and continuing with his son, the importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Bartholomew’s deep roots in Portugal inspired him to create his own range of Ports, Madeiras and table wines. Bartholomew’s love for Portuguese wines stems from their eminent drinkability, restrained alcohol levels and the balance which makes them versatile enough to pair with all kinds of everyday dining. Bartholomew worked on building the market for at least 10 major Port brands, so it was only natural that his next step would be to develop his own. He was looking to make wines which were friendly on the palate, yet with enough quality to please the discriminating connoisseur, at an affordable...

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Domaine Georges Vernay, founded by Francis Vernay in 1937, is a third-generation, venerable wine producer, located in the heart of Condrieu. The efforts of Francis Vernay were instrumental in the creation of the official Condrieu appellation in 1940. In later years, Francis was succeeded by his son Georges, who played a key role in restricting the geographical boundaries of Condrieu, preserving the character of the appellation and ensuring its future greatness.  In 1996, Christine Vernay, Georges’s daughter, took over as winemaker and General Manager of the Estate.  Recognized as one of the great winemakers in France, several of her wines have recently been awarded the coveted 100/100 in top wine...

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The Bindi Sergardi family heritage is one closely tied with the history of the Chianti and Chianti Classico region. For twenty-three generations—since 1349—the family has been deeply involved in the politics, economics, and culture of Siena. From being leaders of the Siena government in the 15th Century to one of the founding members of the Chianti Classico Consorzio in 1924, the Bindi Sergardi family lives and breathes the history of the region. The current manager, Alessandra Casini Bindi Sergardi joined the company in 2005 following the 700 years-old tradition of her family in wine making. Inspired by her father Nicolo and following the courageous example of her grandmother Chiara and great grand mother Elisabetta, she gave new light to the family business. They make wine from their three estates: Tenuta Mocenni, Tenuta I Colli, and Tenuta Marcianella. Through their work in the vineyards and cellar they are true Sangiovese...

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The Capanna Farm, owned by the Cencioni family since 1957, is situated in the Montosoli area, to the north of Montalcino. It was founded by Giuseppe Cencioni and, helped by his sons Benito and Franco, it was one of the first farms of the modern period of Brunello. They started bottling their own wines in the 1960’s and after Brunello di Montalcino was granted DOC status in 1966, Giuseppe was one of the 25 founders of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. Production, initially only a few thousand bottles, then increased when new vineyards were planted. In 1975 they began exporting Brunello di Montalcino DOC—Capanna 1970—to Germany and then new markets were reached in subsequent years: United States of America, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Austria, Poland, Denmark and others (about 20 overall). The Capanna farm is still family run from both a farming and winemaking viewpoint, although it also avails of the collaboration of the Oenologist Paolo...

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USA born sommeliers Richard and Carla Rza Betts have a long said great Grenache is the warm climate analogy of Pinot Noir.  During many miles and a fair amount of travel around the globe, they always kept their eyes open for the sandy terroir and cool climate that give the best Grenache that extra something special. Their search came to an end in Vine Vale, where they discovered a 150+ year-old Grenache vineyard (The Rza Block) set on sandy soil in one of coolest microclimates in the Barossa Valley. The vines are own-rooted, head-trained, and dry- and organically farmed. From this tiny vineyard they make their Sucette Grenache. Winemaking is low-touch, a portion of whole bunch, fermented in open-top fermenters. Grapes are basket pressed to old French oak and left to do their own thing, to preserve all the nuances this lovely old site imparts to the fruit. The result – an elegant but ample, sexy and delicious bottle that the couple say finds it’s way onto their table rather...

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