e-Auction Napa Valley Benefit with Rachel McCord of The McCord List

On May 26th 2016, Rachel McCord, media personality and co-founder of The McCord List, co-hosted a Napa Valley wine tasting event at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills supporting vintners such as Charles Krug, Taken, Round Pond, Coquerel and Jamieson Ranch. Recently named to best dressed lists on Forbes and Vogue, McCord, is joining forces with Napa Valley vintners to celebrate the launch of their e-auction which runs from Sunday, May 29th to Sunday, June 5th.

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Wine lovers around the globe can register, bid and win lots from Auction Napa Valley’s online auction. Nearly 200 incredible auction items include luxurious stays at guest houses in Napa Valley, unique tasting experiences, tours of fabulous estates and vineyards, plus rare or one-of-a-kind bottles and magnums of some of Napa Valley’s finest wines. The proceeds from the auction benefit non-profit organizations for community health and children’s education in Napa Valley. It’s a one-stop shop to win amazing rewards for doing good deeds.

To learn more about the e-auction and participating Napa Valley vintners, visit auctionnapavalley.org. For more information on Rachel McCord and her work helping women around the world feel fabulous, visit themccordlist.com.

Rachel McCord’s 5 Tips to Hosting a Fabulous Wine Party at Home

1) Research the wines
Check Wine Spectator’s reviews to make sure the wine you will be enjoying is rated in the “superior” range of 9094 or in the “classic” range of 95100. Doing a little research can make all the difference in selecting the best wine for the occasion. Also, Napa Valley’s official e-auction, which runs from May 29th to June 5th, makes it easy to find and bid on top notch magnums by simply visiting auctionnapavalley.org.

2) Select the right pairings
What you pair with your wine, is almost as important as the wine itself. When in doubt, serve wine pairing staples, like cheese or flatbread. These can also serve as palette cleansers between wines. For an exhaustive guide to expertly pairing your favorite wines and foods visit foodandwinepairing.org/rules.html.

3) Find the perfect playlist
Play background music to set the mood, but make sure it will not overpower the conversation. For instance, a playlist including artists like Josh Stone, The Head and the Heart, Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers will provide a relaxing atmosphere without killing the mood.

4) Don’t forget to aerate
Always start aerating your wine approximately thirty minutes before the party. Aerating wine is important because it can actually improve it in a manner similar to the aging process. Using a decanter, like the fabulous ones offered at www.riedel.com/collections/decanters, is an easy way to make sure your wine is ready for any party.

5) Make it entertaining
It can also be fun to give your wine tasting a twist by making it a competition. Have your guests bring a bottle of wine marked with their name and then, using wine sleeves for anonymity, have guests rank the wines as they taste them. At the end, give whoever brought the wine with the highest ranking a prize, such as a decanter, an electric wine opener, or a bottle of wine. Bonus points for purchasing your wines (or prizes) from Napa Valley’s e-auction, which supports worthy nonprofits that are geared towards improving the education and healthcare of residents of the Napa Valley community.