Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Posh online auction for Napa Valley wine fans

The Young School is a Montesorri elementary school in St. Helena where the kids of winery owners and other left-leaners who've struck it rich and moved to Wine Country study.

Like all schools, it needs fundraisers to help pay for -- well, I'm not sure, because they're too young for field hockey trips.

But in any case, where most elementary schools would hold a cupcake sale, the Young School can call on parents and alumni to donate a 3 liter bottle of some unattainable wine, or dinner at a Wine Country restaurant, or a trip to a Giants game on a yacht.

Moreover, since it's a tech-savvy elementary school, you can bid online from anywhere for these prizes. Bidding ends Saturday, so act soon.

While I don't know what I'd do with 6 liters of Harlan Cabernet (force feed myself like a foie gras duck?), there's always something worth picking up at this auction. At the time of this posting, the Howell Mountain collection was looking like a good bargain, and the Lang & Reed dinner at my favorite St. Helena restaurant, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, was pretty good value as well.

If you buy the Giants game package, wave to me -- I'll be out behind the center-field bleachers, waiting in line for a Cha Cha Bowl.

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