Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Winemaker lunch at Iron Horse Vineyards during Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.

Another wine auction. Another record broken.

It seems like a familiar — if pleasing — refrain here in 2015.

This time it’s the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. $4.5 million is the record-breaking result.

According to The Press Democrat some 650 people were on hand at Chateau St. Jean for the event. There the 1915 World’s Fair was re-created, “complete with a Model T Ford and a barbershop quartet.” Yep, got to love wine country.

Hosted by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers, the auction benefits local charities, with a focus this year on literacy.

Only two auctions — Napa and Naples — are larger than the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction.

Earlier this year Auction Napa Valley ($15.8 million) also shattered records and, a few months before that, Premiere Napa Valley also raised a record amount ($6 million).

The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction capped off a labor day weekend celebration known as Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Kicking off with a “Starlight” dinner at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, the event features wine tastings, winemaker dinners, barbecues, and all around wine country goodness — it’s easily  one of the favorite shindigs among the Stark Insider team. Video evidence below.

Harvest is now underway across Napa and Sonoma, and other wine regions across California. Crush begins in earnest in October (a fun time to visit with lots to see and do) with much happy stomping, not to mention continued long, hard work for all those involved in winery operations.

Meantime it’s wonderful to see so much generous giving at these wine auctions. Congratulations from Stark Insider to all involved!

WATCH: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Highlights