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A Piece of Auction Napa Valley History

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The War of the Apostrophes and its Accord

The Napa Valley Wine Auction, or Auction Napa Valley as it is now known, has featured in its lots many interesting, rare, and original wines over the years.

Several of those wines have come with stories as compelling as the vintages themselves: historic reunions of long estranged family members, scarce cult wines, elbow-rubbing opportunities with Hollywood celebrities, and accords between feuding neighbors. One such wine, offered to the highest bidder during the 1986 wine auction, was the result of the settlement of hostilities over . . . an apostrophe.