Winesong, a fundraiser organized by Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, raised more than $500,000 to benefit Mendocino Coast Hospital. The event coincided with the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association Pinot Noir Celebration.

At the sold-out live auction, the "fund a need" lot, which was intended to raise money for a new ambulance, brought in $116,000 in a matter of minutes, organizers said in a news release.

Participating wine producers hailed from Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties, the Central Coast, Sierra Foothills, Oregon, Washington state and abroad.

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