Santa Barbara Wine Auction


About The 2018 Wine Auction

The evening began by strolling the red carpet at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, with the paparazzi snapping photos along the way. Guests enjoyed local wines while outbidding fellow guests on unique Silent Auction items sponsored by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. Many noshed on appetizers while anxiously awaiting the Grand Ballroom doors to open where they were welcomed into an elegant atmosphere. Two local Winemakers from the Santa Barbara Vintners Association hosted each table and poured their hand-selected wines for each table during the evening while a three-course meal was served. Vintner of the Year Honoree Fred Brander of The Brander Vineyards shared his sentiments from the stage. Celebrity Chris Harrison from The Bachelor returned to emcee the program while money-can’t-buy experiences were offered up for live bids. The competition to be the winning bidder during the Live Auction generated electric energy and great fun. During the “Stand Up and Be Counted” portion of the program guests were invited to participate to support our local Santa Barbara community recently affected by fires and mudslides. This night only happens once every two years benefitting Direct Relief and sold out again this year.

Special Guests

Who The Auction Has Helped

The Santa Barbara Wine Auction Honoree

Fred Brander

A pioneer vintner in Santa Barbara Wine Country, Fred Brander was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and later emigrated with his family to the US, settling in Santa Barbara. With a strong formation in science and chemistry, Fred knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the wine business. He is well remembered by his classmates at Harvey Mudd College for his prowess in making tasty batches of both beer and wine with lab equipment during his days living in the college dorm.

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2018 Santa Barbara Wine Auction Steering Committee


Renee Alexandré
Susan Beckmen
Heather Bennett
Bryn Blanks
Carolyn Fitzgerald
Cecilia Gonzales
Katie Grassini
Beth Green
Kristin Hogue
Lisa Iscovich
Stephanie Jones
Jennifer Kocian
Elaina Kroll

Drew McKenna
Helga Morris
Anne Murray
MaryAnn Norbom
Sherrill O’Neill
Kathleen Ousley
Samir Rai
Jill Remy
Eric Sonquist
Judith Wilborn
Brook Williams
Jenny Williamson-Doré


Sponsorships & Tickets

The 2018 sponsors of The Santa Barbara Wine Auction will enjoy extensive event publicity, recognition in the community, and help to provide better health for people in need around the world.

Platinum Sponsor

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Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

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Advocate of Health Sponsor

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2018 Participating Wineries and Vintners

The following wineries from the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association hosted a table at the 2018 Santa Barbara Wine Auction.

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2018 Auction Lots

Live Auction Lots

Silent Auction Lots

Thank you to our auction item donors

The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation and Direct Relief would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 2018 donors sponsoring this year’s event.

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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

In 2018 guests were invited to spend the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. The resort is nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, offering relaxed luxury and breathtaking views for an unforgettable getaway in Santa Barbara.

Press & Photos

Photos from the 2018 Event

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2018 Press Releases & Event Coverage

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