Acker Raises Over $300K for United Sommeliers Foundation!
ACKER RAISES OVER $300K FOR UNITED SOMMELIERS FOUNDATION
Domaine-Direct & Private Contributions Bring Bidders Out for Charity
Three of the top lots in Acker’s USF Web Auction:
Lot 15922: 1 bottle 1990 H. Jayer Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux
Lots 16163-16166: 1 magnum each 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Opus One
16056: 2 magnums Dujac Clos de la Roche in OWCs
NEW YORK – June 3, 2020 – Acker, America’s oldest wine shop and the largest fine and rare wine auction house in the world, held an auction benefitting the United Sommeliers Foundation late into the night on Sunday. As a response to the furlough of wine professionals due to COVID-19, Acker partnered with the United Sommeliers Foundation to host an auction raising money for the foundation’s robust grant program, which provides immediate financial assistance to sommeliers in serious need. The auction, composed of lots generously donated directly from many of the world’s greatest wineries and private collectors, raised $325,000 to directly support this worthy cause, with less than ten percent of those proceeds going to a similar organization in France, the Union de la Sommeliere Française.
Over the course of this charity auction, 122 New World Records were set both by Domaine-direct lots and bottles donated by individuals, an impressive 57.5% of the non-mixed lots in the auction, highlighting the generosity of wine buyers. From Burgundy, the top two lots of the sale were single bottles of 1990 H. Jayer Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux and 1993 Echezeaux from the personal collection of renowned importer Martine Saunier, which realized $18,600 and $10,540 respectively. Domaine-direct offerings that also made a splash include two magnums of 2009 Dujac Clos de la Roche that sold for $6,200, a Methuselah of 2007 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes at $4,340, and magnums of 2016 Domaine Meo Camuzet Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux and Richebourg, realizing $3,720 and $3,472 respectively. Cherished California names lead the leger in as two bottles of 2002 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon brought in $5,208, a 3 Liter of 2006 Colgin Red IX Estate sold for $3,224, and an exceptional experience lot from Lokoya, including magnums of the 2012 vintage, realized $3,224. Other notable numbers from the sale included a series of vintages from Chateau Le Pin, with single bottles of 1982, 1998, and 2009 selling for $8,680, $3,968, and $3,968 respectively alongside record setting figures from a bottle of 2018 Keller G-Max, a magnum of 2009 Louis Roederer Cristal, and a magnum of 2010 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Ceretta that realized $1,860 $868, and $744 each.
“It was very moving to see so many people in the wine world, both collectors and wineries alike come together for this worthy cause,” said Acker Chairman, John Kapon. “To raise such significant amount for our friends in the hospitality industry is very satisfying, and we hope this will provide some much-needed relief for many sommeliers in serious need as so many restaurants remain closed through the summer months. Wine is truly the beverage that brings people together. At its heart, the business of wine is about people, about bringing people together, and about sharing, and we are thrilled to be part of that mission.”
Donations to the United Sommeliers Foundation will continue being accepted, with plans to auction lots as part of Acker’s weekly web auctions the last week of every month. Donation and bidding inquiries can be directed to Acker’s Auction Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the United Sommeliers Foundation and their cause, visit www.unitedsommeliersfoundation.org.
The auction season continues for Acker with a “live online” two-day sale in Hong Kong on June 11th and 13th and in New York on June 24th and 25th. Acker is always accepting wines for consignment. Weekly web auctions are closing every week. Acker is hosting Virtual Vintage Tastings with John Kapon on Zoom on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm ET and Fridays at 12:30pm ET with some of the food and wine world’s most interesting guests. For more information, email