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Auction Napa Valley in pictures

Agustin Huneeus, Chef Francis Mallmann and Auction Chair Agustin Huneeus Jr. | Briana Marie Photography for Napa Valley Vintners

Agustin Huneeus Sr., Argentine chef Francis Mallmann and auction chair Agustin Huneeus Jr. make hay while the sun shines.

Heidi and Bo

California wine power couple Heidi Peterson-Barrett and Bo Barrett were some of the big names at this year’s auction, which drew 900 attendees to Meadowood in St Helena.

The best hoopla team ever! Briana Marie Photography for Napa Valley Vintners

Ladies wore white and men cherry red blazers to the $4,000, three-day event, which began with wine and cocktails in the grounds of Meadowood.

tent

The auction itself took place in a grand white tent, while the barrel sale got underway at Robert Monday Winery close by.

Chef Francis Mallmann's team prepping the meal at the Napa Valley Wine Auction | Briana Marie Photography for Napa Valley Vintners

Acclaimed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann, who runs Siete Fuegos and 1884 restaurants in Mendoza, was in charge of catering for the event.

empanadas

Among the treats on offer was a plethora of empanadas

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Things started heating up as Mallmann’s men fired up the coals to roast whole chickens and 750 pounds of ribeye steak.

fire

If you can’t stand the heat…

pink man

Stoking the flames

Chefs stoke the fires beneath Chef Mallmann's celebration of meat cooked over live fire. | Briana Marie Photography for Napa Valley Vintners

Mallmann cooked his meat in the same way he does in Argentina, inside fire pits of hot coals where the juices were left to drip into the grass below.

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Mallmann’s magnificent meat feast from above

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Later that evening guests got the party started in the auction tent

lady bid

…and the bidding soon swung into action

cowboy

Some of the lots proved incredibly popular…

bidding

The highest-grossing lot of the weekend was a four-day safari in South Africa for six people including VIP visits to four South African wineries and Robben Island offered by Staglin Family Vineyard, which went under the hammer for $1.05 million.

ticker tape

Overall the auction, hosted by Napa Valley Vintners, raised a whopping US$14.3 million for various charities.

The tent is ready for the after party! Briana Marie Photography of Napa Valley Vintners

As night fell, the tent turned into a disco

party time

Where revellers partied into the small hours

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