kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits & lifestyle writer / wine educator

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Each year, oenophiles in the Northern California area anxiously await the Sonoma Valley Harvest Auction. This year, anyone with an internet connection can take part...

Beginning in August, anyone can bid online on selected lots. As part of the 2008 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, this first-ever online auction will offer approximately forty lots from Sonoma vintners and businesses to raise money for local charities. For this year’s inaugural online auction, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend teamed up with cMarket, an on-demand, online auction platform designed solely for organizations engaged in fundraising for nonprofit causes, to create a virtual auction experience to complement the weekend’s festivities.

Starting on August 1st and continuing throughout the month, visitors to http://www.winecountryweekend.cmarket.com/ can bid on select lots that will vary in value from $100 - $3,000. Sample lots include a special jeroboam (6L) bottle of 1991 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, a romantic weekend in the wine country, and terrior tasting from La Crema featuring four large-sized bottles from the family owned estate in the Russian River Valley. All money raised will benefit more than fifteen charities that support students, children, farm workers and people in need.

Wine lovers, hit those keys!