Kevin Cody

Manhattan Beach Wine Auction takes varietal bids virtual

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A vacation at Esperanza in Los Cabos is among the raffle prizes in this year’s Manhattan Wine Auction.

by Kevin Cody

In past years, the Manhattan Wine auction has been held at the Manhattan Beach Country Club and raised over $1 million. This year, the setting will be different, but the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hopes the results will be the same, or better. 

Because of the pandemic, the 26th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction will be conducted online. And because of the pandemic, the auction comes at a time of unprecedented financial challenges for Manhattan Beach schools. Even prior to the pandemic, the Manhattan Beach School District anticipated $3.6 million in budget cuts. This week, because of the recently announced State budget cuts, the Manhattan Beach School board is expected to announce more budget cuts.

The live streaming will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday May 30, and will include the raffle drawing, live auction, and several other surprise offerings. The Silent Auction bidding will open Saturday, May 23 and close at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. The Live Auction lots may be previewed beginning May 23, before bidding opens during the livestream event on Saturday, May 30. 

New to the Wine Auction this year is a virtual tasting from six purveyors: Memento Mori Winery/MAXEM Wines, Booker Wines, Sextant Wines, Nosotros Tequila, Gray Whale Gin, and El Segundo Brewing. To participate in the virtual tasting, orders must be placed by 5 p.m. this Friday, May 22 to ensure delivery by the live streaming on Saturday, May 30.

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