Description of Wines of Clarksburg & Art Auction, an event to benefit the Clarksburg Library.
This past Sunday afternoon a friend and I attended the 32nd Wines of Clarksburg & Art Auction. Neither of us had attended the event previously – and we were impressed! The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Clarksburg Library.
The fundraiser had originally been planned to be held on the grounds of the Heringer Estates family vineyards and winery. I was looking forward to visiting the Heringer Estates property. However, a last-minute change of plans was put into action due to the weather forecast calling for rain.
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The event was moved to Silt Wine Company, also in Clarksburg. The Silt Wine Company barn was a great venue, and it was a good thing the event moved indoors as during that afternoon there was a period of heavy rain interspersed with light showers before the sun came out again.
See related blog post: Silt Wine Company – Clarksburg
About the Friends of the Clarksburg Library
The Friends of the Clarksburg Library help make it possible for Yolo County to have a branch library in Clarksburg. The Friends pf the Clarksburg Library both provide and maintain the building that houses the library branch. Additionally, the volunteers donate money for purchasing items for the library such as books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and Spanish language materials. A fully-equipped activity room is also maintained and made available at a minimal charge for community meetings and functions.
Wines of Clarksburg & Art Auction
There was already a good-sized crowd at the event when we arrived. We were greeted and checked in – and then provided with a wine glass for the tastings.
In the front room adjoining the gardens, long tables were set up along the walls. Some were occupied by wineries offering tastings, while others were staged as food stations offering a variety of tasty bites. Lastly, other of the tables displayed a diverse selection of (non-art) silent auction items upon which to bid.
Wineries were also offering tastings in the adjoining room. Other beverage choices included cider and beer.
All told, there were thirteen wineries represented at the event: Bogle Family Vineyards, Carvalho Family Winery, Elevation Ten Winery, Fellow Wines, Grand Island Vineyards, Heringer Estates, Kirchhoff Wines, Miners Leap Winery, Scribner Bend Vineyards, Silt Wine Company, Three Wine Company, Twisted Rivers Wines, and Vinum Cellars. Cider and beer were provided by Hemly Cider and Jackrabbit Brewing Company.
See related blog post: Hemly Cider Courtland
In the back room, a long wall displayed the artwork available for bidding in the silent auction.
The band, Midtown Jazz, was set up at one end of the room next to an open barn door.
My friend and I tried a few wines and had a bite to eat prior to making our way from one end to the other of the wall featuring paintings, prints and photos by 29 artists.
I was immediately drawn to one artwork in particular – a Delta landscape by a favorite artist of mine – Gregory Kondos. I also had the opportunity to meet and chat with his widow, who had donated the artwork.
My friend put in a bid on one of the works of art – and when the auction was closed around 4:30 p.m. she was thrilled to find she had been the highest bidder.
Gourmet Gift Auction
My friend had also bid on several non-art auction items and managed to walk away with a gift certificate for Delta Hand Pies.
We both participated in the Wine Pull (pull a numbered cork and take home a bottle of wine, $20 per pull). Everyone goes home a winner!
To Sum Up
The Wines of Clarksburg & Art Auction is a great event for a good cause. The Clarksburg region produces highly-rated grapes and wines, and both my friend and I took advantage of the opportunity to try wineries new to us.
The food offerings were varied and tasty, plus the food stations were constantly replenished during the afternoon.
Both my friend and I were also very impressed with the band – Midtown Jazz. The three-member band played a mix of mellow jazz, R&B and light rock – and they were very good. I secured their card for future reference.
Last, but not least, everyone there was friendly, and we both had a chance to catch up with some old friends and meet and chat with some new and interesting individuals.
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