It’s been 27 years since Beth Novak Milliken returned home to help her mother run the family’s famed Napa Valley wine estate— Spottswoode. Hard work, persistence and fortitude have paid off for the Novak family.
Though their motto for 2014 was “sweet home Napa Valley”, Auction Napa Valley could have easily gone with “go big or go home”. Because big is where bidders went, raising a record-breaking $18.7 million for healthcare and child education nonprofits in Napa Valley.
Robert Mondavi’s dream to build a world-class winery on the edge of Napa Valley’s Highway 29, visible to travellers passing by, changed everything about how wineries would interact with their customers for the next 50 years.
It is a club, of sorts. California Cult Classics is a full-fledged winemaking facility, complete with oak barrels from France worth $1,400, and some of the rarest, most expensive wine grapes in the world.