The heartrending pictures beamed around the world from Haiti caused thousands of people to open their purses and wallets to contribute to disaster relief. In the United States and Australia people have opened their cellars - wine cellars, that is.
The University of California Press has generously contributed a selection of any five books in their catalogue to Wine for Haiti. Books range in price from $25 to $50, making the total value of this auction lot as much as $500.00.
Bart and Daphne Araujo, of Araujo Estate Wines, are very generous with their contribution of a 1.5L bottle of 2005 Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard. Retail value is $600.00.
"Salvia Bianca is honored to contribute 2 bottles of wine from Basilium winery in Basilicata, Italy, Aglianico del Vulture DOC Riserva 2001, retail value $52, and Basilicata IGT Bianca “Albula” (white Aglianico) 2006, retail value $22.50." Salvia, we are honored to accept them. Thank you, and everybody at Basilium, for your generosity.
D'Argenzio Winery generously contributed 4 bottles of their fine wines, two bottles of the 2004 Gold Medal Pinot Noir and two bottles of the 2003 Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail value is $192.00.
The Benziger Family Winery broke out their very best for Wine for Haiti, from their Signaterra line, a magnum of the 2006 Benziger Three Blocks. Retail value $100.00.
Gretchen Neuman, of VinoVerve, and also our very favorite LocaPour, contributed three different half-bottles from her locapour travel adventures. I don't know about you, but I love half-bottles. If it's just me, they're just right. If there are two of us, we get to try two different wines, and if there are more, it's a vino-smorgasbord. The three wines are Wolffer Cabernet Franc, 2003, from Long Island, NY (Retail $15.00), 2004 Warm Lake Estates Glace Noir (Niagara Escarpment AVA) (ret. $14.99), and Fox Valley Winery Vintage Zin, American Dessert Wine (retail $20.95).