This is fifth year I've been hired by the Napa Valley Vintners to photograph the Premiere Napa Valley wine auction. Of course, it's way more than just an auction. Sommeliers, retailers, and wine writers from around the world descend on the Napa Valley to participate in various seminars, meetings, and parties.
The auction is part charity event and part preview. Retailers are invited to Napa to sample how the latest vintage is shaping up. They can then bid on barrels of wine that they can keep for themselves or sell to their clients. This year, the total raised was over $5 million.
Here are a few of my favorite images: