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May 28, 2009

America's First Lady of Champagne Honored June 6

Saturday, June 6 when wine enthusiasts from around the world assemble at Meadowood for an annual celebration of Napa Valley, America’s first lady of bubbly will be honored by her many friends.  With her husband Jack, the late Jamie Davies arrived in the wine country in 1965 and immediately launched the year’s long revival of the historic Schramsberg estate on Diamond Mountain, the twenty-second winery in Napa Valley to reopen its doors following the repeal of prohibition.  Jamie and her husband joined a group of enthusiastic, visionary vintners who together transformed the Napa wine industry, elevating the world’s passion for wine to new heights in the process.  Upon Jack’s passing in 1998, Jamie, with her inspired legion of friends and employees, carried their collective mission forward. 

In February 2008, the valley and the wine community at large lost Jamie as well.  Her infectious spirit and energy will live on for generations to come, and with this special lot 24, we offer a tribute to that dream that has captured us all.

I count myself among 25 of Jamie's dearest women friends and who have come together in her honor with a landmark Auction Napa Valley lot.  Included are fifty Napa Valley magnums from our collective cellars These wonderful women will join the winning bidder and 24 guests at a tribute luncheon in Jack & Jamie's Grove amongst the J. Davies Vineyards on the Schramsberg Diamond Mountain property.  Tentatively scheduled for May 2010, the afternoon will be a celebration “Jamie Style” amongst the vines and trees of her favorite place along with her closest friends in the Napa Valley.  Napa chef Holly Peterson will prepare an al fresco feast paired with a selection of Schramsberg's and J. Davies’ finest vintages

Artist Robilee Frederick has included a beautiful burned image on Japanese tea paper entitled “Essence XIII” as a tribute to Jamie.  Sharing a passion for land preservation with the Davies family, I have arranged for two nights for two at the luxurious new Bardessono eco-hotel, restaurant and spa in Yountville’s town center.  The final details of the May 2010 tribute will be fine-tuned to match the bidders’ wishes.

The Fifty Magnums (two of each is offered)
Araujo Estate, 1993 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - Daphne Araujo
Beaulieu Vineyards, 2005 Georges de Latour Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - Dorothy Tchelistcheff
Benessere, 2005 BK Collins Old Vine Zinfandel - Kathy Collins           
Chappellet, 1987 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon - Molly Chappellet
Corison Winery, 2001 Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - Cathy Corison
Cross Cellars, 2004 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - Sue Cross
Diamond Creek Vineyards, 1992 Lake Vineyard - Boots Brounstein
Duckhorn Vineyards, 1998 Three Palms Vineyard Merlot - Margaret Duckhorn
Dyer Vineyard, 2001 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon - Dawnine Dyer
Gamble Family, 2006 Family Home Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - Mary Ann McGuire McComber
Heitz Wine Cellars, 1988 Martha’s Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - Martha May
J Davies Vineyards, 2005 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon – Gayle Davies
Lail Vineyards, 1999 J. Daniel Cuvee Proprietary Red - Robin Lail
Livingston Moffet Wines, 2001 Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Diane Livingston
Louis M. Martini Winery, 1970 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon - Liz Martini
Robert Mondavi Winery, 2005 Tokalon Reserve Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - Margrit Mondavi
Quintessa, 2004 Rutherford Proprietary Red - Valeria Huneeus                       
Rubicon Estate, 2001 Proprietary Red - Eleanor Coppola
Schramsberg Vineyards, 1993 J. Schram Late-Disgorged Brut – Monique Davies
Shafer Vineyards, 2003 Hillside Select Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon - Barbara Shafer
Spottswoode, 2005 St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Mary Novak
St. Supery Vineyards and Winery, 1999 Elu Red Meritage - Michaela Rodeno
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, 2005 Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon - Barbara Winiarski
Stony Hill Vineyard, 1998 Stony Hill Chardonnay - Willinda McCrea
Trefethen Family Vineyards, 2002 Reserve Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon - Janet Trefethen

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