Wine for Haiti

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We have all seen the horrific scenes on the news from the unthinkable tragedy unfolding in Haiti. There are so many people there suffering, and so many people here wanting to help. In the wine community many of us are pulling together with Brother, Can you Spare a Bottle? and Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine to try to do our part.

If you have a few nice bottles sitting around, or can afford to bid on the donated items, I hope that you will consider supporting this cause. Here is more information from both of the sites listed above.

From the Press Release:

The idea is simple- wine lovers contribute a bottle from their cellar, then bid on the mixed cases. Some tremendous bottles have already been offered, from 1976 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese to a Methuselah (6.0 Liter bottle) of 2005 Rodney Strong Rockaway Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The generous contributions of wine lovers will all be turned directly into money for disaster relief.

From the article posted on both sites:

The auction will be held on line, in the comments section, in this post. Palate Press: The online wine magazine will auction the wine in cases, as they arrive. David Honig, Publisher of Palate Press: The online wine magazine, will start the ball rolling with a 1976 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese, retail value $139.00.

Please promise your contribution in the comments, and then contribute your bottle for the auction. Then come back and bid, bid, bid.

The process might be a bit unwieldy, but the goal is to get the wine in, and the money out, as quickly as possible. As soon as I have the first case, the auction will start. As soon as I have the second case (or we’ll give it two days if the wine floods in), we will close the auction on the first case. We will do it until the wine runs out. Other management suggestions are welcome, indeed invited.

All the money will go to the American Red Cross .

Kudos to everyone involved in this worthy project in any way. The people of Haiti and the Red Cross will need all of our help in the days, months, and probably years to come. Perhaps this will even snowball into something that can help in the long term.

If you can’t help in this way, I hope that you can in some other way. Pay, pray, send good vibes, or whatever you have to offer, help is needed very badly. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Coverage of this tragedy is so blanketing, and the scope so unfathomable, that it is tempting to just tune out. I hope that we do not do that. We’ve already turned a blind eye to Haiti for far too long.