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Parties: Parties: Animals Win Big

by Catherine Bigelow | Photography by Drew Altizer

After a two-year hiatus, the live WineaPAWlooza weekend fundraiser for Jameson Humane roared back June 24 and 25, raising a record $2.2 million to support the Napa-based no-kill shelter and animal rescue.

“It feels so good to know that our vintners, donors and community believe and trust our mission and are so willing to support it,” said Jameson CEO Monica Stevens, who cofounded the shelter with husband David to care for dogs, cats and farm animals.

At the Pritchard Hill estate of Bob Long and Nancy McIntosh, ever-flowing Billecart-Salmon Champagne, appetizers by Healdsburg’s Little Saint and stunning views offered a backdrop to an intimate gathering Friday evening. Panelists including Christopher Jackson of Jackson Family Wines, restaurateur Tamearra Dyson of Souley Vegan and vegan supermodel Christie Brinkley, who owns Bellissima Prosecco, discussed the future of plant-based eating and wine industry innovation.

On Saturday, an exclusive walk-around tasting that included wines by Aperture Cellars, Melka Wines, The Immortal, Plinth, Trois Noix and The Mascot, along with fabulous Italian-vegan fare by Deborah Blum of Wildseed, was a warm-up for a raucous auction led by Fritz Hatton. Among the big-winning items were a cache of Tor Kenward’s cabernet sauvignon from the Beckstofler To Kalon vineyard, a Masters Tournament golf getaway with Tusk Estates, and a Sonoma-to- Piedmont wine journey with Raen’s Carlo Mondavi and fiancée Giovanna Bagnasco, who makes Barolo. Vineyard owners Andy and Betty Beckstoffer were honored with a lifetime philanthropic achievement award for their generosity to Jameson. “This community and this land have given us everything we have,” said Andy, “and it’s only right we give back.”

— Maria C. Hunt

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