Napa Valley Vintners Announce Chairs for Auction Napa Valley 2010

Renowned Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery Family to Host 30th Auction


6/24/2009 - Napa Valley, CA: Though the dust has barely settled on the 2009 Auction Napa Valley (ANV) charity wine auction, work is already well underway for the 2010 event, as the Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) trade association announces the chairs for what will be the 30th anniversary of renowned fundraiser. To rousing applause at the recent general membership meeting, Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery accepted the duties on behalf of herself, her family and the winery team.

ANV will take place June 3-6, 2010, chaired by Mary Weber Novak, proprietor, and Beth Novak Milliken, president, as well as their team at Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. "My mother and I are honored to have been asked to lead Auction Napa Valley in 2010," said Novak Milliken, "and we are happy to serve as the chairs as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this vital and amazing community fundraiser. Having lived here for more than 36 years, we recognize that being strongly connected to our community carries with it not only a true sense of belonging but a responsibility to help ensure its future. Thus, whether it is through our winery's 24-year commitment to organic farming, our active involvement in educational and environmental causes, or now taking a leading role in Auction Napa Valley, our commitment to ensuring a vibrant and healthy community continues!"

Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882, the estate is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the Spottswoode label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts, who owned the property from 1910 until its purchase in 1972 by Mary Weber Novak and her late husband, Dr. Jack Novak. The first Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982, 100 years after the estate's founding. Today, two of Mary's daughters, Beth and Lindy, work for the family winery.

About Auction Napa Valley
Auction Napa Valley was established by the Napa Valley Vintners in 1981 as a means to generate needed funds for healthcare non-profits in Napa County by leveraging the quality reputation of Napa Valley wines and offering them at auction each June. Now, ANV is the "must-attend" wine event in America, and has given $85 million since its inception. NVV member vintners and their wines have been the inspiration and backbone for charity wine auctions across the U.S. For more information on Auction Napa Valley and the non-profit programs it benefits, visit

About Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. The organization celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents nearly 350 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit

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